Purpose – “Rapid Manufacturing”, which is the use of additive fabrication (AF) processes to deliver end‐use parts and products directly from digital data, is increasingly gaining wider acceptance. And, although the market for this will take years to develop fully, compelling examples of rapid manufacturing are already stimulating the development of the next generation of systems. The aim of this paper is to discuss the Custom‐Fit project whose aim is to keep Europe in the forefront of rapid manufacturing developments. Design/methodology/approach – The paper investigates the Custom‐Fit project. Findings – The paper finds that this industry‐led project has been investigating, since 2004, the possibility of moving towards knowledge‐based manufacturing and customized production through integration of knowledge in rapid manufacturing, information technology and material science. Originality/value – The paper provides useful information in one of Europe's forerunners in rapid manufacturing developments.
Strategic Direction – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 20, 2008
Keywords: Manufacturing systems; Image scanners; Computer aided design
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