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Rapid product development in a rapid virtual enterprise - intelligent manufacturing systems realised in a successful european project

: Blessing, N.; Harris, R.; Dickens, P.

Taisch, M.:
International IMS Forum 2004. Vol.1 : Global challenges in manufacturing. Villa Erba, Cernobbio, Italy, 17 - 19 May 2004
Milano: Politecnico di Milano, 2004
ISBN: 88-901168-9-7
International IMS Forum <2004, Cernobbio>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPA ()
intelligent manufacturing system; rapid product development; rapid prototyping; Rapid Tooling; rapid virtual enterprise (RVE); virtual enterprise; CAD; Produktentwicklung

The IMS RPD 2001 (Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Rapid Product Development in a Rapid Virtual Enterprise) project focuses on the acceleration of the product development processes for mechanical parts by providing tools and methods for rapid manufacturing of physical parts. The vision of the project is to accelerate the product development within the described scope by shortening time (increasing the speed) of the respective process cahin, providing parts made of production materials and offering an increased flexibility in tooling technology. The three main objectives are:
- The rapid and efficient product realisation in heterogeneous, distributed environments by the use, integration and combination of digital techniques like CAD, FEM, Virtual Reality with physical product realisation techniques like Rapid Prototyping & Rapid Tooling.
- The set-up, management and collaboration support of project specific product development environments, called Virtual Enterprises, integrating dispersed partners with their complementing expertise and technology.
- Design and manufacturing of parts/tools for adaptive volumes (one of thousands of pieces).
The IMS RPD 2001 project is linked to the wolrdwide network of IMS and the interregioanl IMS RPD project. Several other regions like Canada, Australia, USA, Korea and Japan are part of this structure. Regularly held interregional meetings are encouraging communication and collaboration between partners from industrial companies and research institutes on an international level.
The intention of this paper is to present the European IMS RPD 2001 project and to point out the benefits of the worldwide collaboration in the field of Rapid Product Development.