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Automated Fabrication
Improving Productivity in Manufacturing

by Marshall Burns, Ph.D.

The comprehensive resource on Rapid
Prototyping and Desktop Manufacturing

Soft cover, 369 pages, illustrated       $35.00
Contains the entire contents of the original Prentice Hall edition.
Reproduced by Xerography.

Sections on this page:
   Accolades from industry and press
   Inside the book
   Summary table of contents
   Courses using the book
   How to order

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Automated Fabrication: The Book
     Automated fabrication will take its place among the major industrial developments of the 20th century. Companies which intend to be successful in the 21st century need to learn how to use technologies like autofab now. This book will help us.

— Adapted from the foreword by John P. McTague
Chief Technical Officer, Ford Motor Company

     Automated fabrication is a modern family of technologies that generate 3-dimensional, solid objects under computer control. This book provides a comprehensive treatment of these new machines and their applications in manufacturing and other fields. Autofab gives design and production engineers new freedom to:

  • Efficiently handle change-orders late in the design cycle.
  • Economically “print” prototypes and models for evaluation.
  • Fulfill low-volume production orders profitably.
  • Create low-cost tooling for quick-turnaround molding applications.
  • Generate convoluted and contorted shapes, previously unproducible.

     Automated Fabrication shows you how.


Accolades from industry and the press

“One of the most readable and informative books we have ever reviewed.”
         —Engineering Automation Report, May 1994

“A beautiful job, and an important contribution to the industry.”
         —Itzchak Pomerantz, Founder, Cubital Ltd.

“Spans the entire spectrum of rapid prototyping technologies with depth and insight. Burns is an authority recognized among users and researchers alike.”
         —Prof. Unny Menon, California Polytechnic State University

“Thank you Marshall Burns.”
         —Industrial Laser Review, October 1993


Inside the book

     Valuable information you will find in Automated Fabrication:

  • How to use a fabricator to slash time and costs from your product development cycle (Sections 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3).
  • 37 Case Studies, with over 50 photographs, of actual projects using autofab in manufacturing, science, medicine, and other fields (Chapter 4).
  • How to decide whether to use a fabricator on a project, which one to use, and how to sell management on the idea (Section 5.1).
  • Comparison of subtractive CNC machines with new additive devices (page 175).
  • New techniques on their way from 14 industry, university, and government laboratories around the world (Chapter 3).
  • Important data to help you select the right CAD package (Section 6.1) and fabrication materials (Chapter 7) to use with your system.
  • 21st century career opportunities (Section 9.3).
  • And much, much more! All explained in informative and readable style.

     Over 140 illustrations show you the actual fabricators, how they work, and examples of their output in real projects. More than 30 comprehensive charts and tables give you all the data on the machines, materials, and software.


Summary table of contents

  1. Introduction to Automated Fabrication

    Part I: Machines and Usage

  2. Commercially Available Fabricators
  3. Processes under Development
  4. Applications of Fabricators
  5. Implementation Guidelines

    Part II: Technical Aspects

  6. Data Input
  7. Fabrication Materials
  8. Underlying Science

    Part III: The Human Side

  9. Economic and Sociological Impact
  10. Prospects for the Future
    Appendices
  1. Chapter-by-Chapter Review
  2. Molding Technology
  3. Information Resources
Index: Over 1,200 entries

Courses using the book

     Automated Fabrication is used as the textbook for several university courses around the world. The following is a partial list. If you are the instructor of a course that uses this book and you would like a link to your course here, please send us the address for your course Web site.

Introduction to Rapid Prototyping, taught by Prof. Jan Helge Bøhn at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech)

Modern Rapid Prototyping Fundamentals, taught by Prof. Daniel A. Brandt at Milwaukee School of Engineering

Modern Rapid Prototyping Design Applications, taught by Prof. Daniel A. Brandt at Milwaukee School of Engineering

Advanced Modern Rapid Prototyping , taught by Prof. Daniel A. Brandt at Milwaukee School of Engineering

How to order

     Automated Fabrication may be ordered directly from Ennex Corporation. Click here to place an order.

     A fabber (short for “automated fabricator”) is an ultra-modern device that makes things automatically from computer data and raw materials. Ennex Corporation is a development company focused exclusively on the technologies and applications of fabbers. For more information, see other entries in the Ennex Web site or see the book, Automated Fabrication, the definitive guide to fabber technologies and the fabber industry.


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