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Templates for consumer use in designing customised products

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Published

Publication date08/2008
Host publicationSolid Freeform Fabrication Symposium 2008
PublisherUniversity of Texas at Austin
Pages450-458
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)1053-2153
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This research proposes a new design system for consumers who would use the
product to run an easy-to-operate design and selection tool by themselves instead of conventional Computer Aided Design (CAD). In terms of manufacturing the product, several studies focus on involving the consumer as much and as early as possible. However, recent developments of Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) technologies have led to a renewed interest in allowing the consumers to develop customised products. As a result, manufacturing is being brought closer to consumers. This paper would simplify the CAD stages by utilising design templates for consumer use in customising additive layer manufactured products.