Size reduction decomposition for rapid prototyping large objects

W. K. Chiu, Kai Ming Yu

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In this paper, a size reduction decomposition methodology for making large prototypes in Rapid Prototyping (RP) process is proposed. In the proposed methodology, the series of decomposition processes begin with overhanging features, then features which induce poor surface quality on a prototype. The aim of the methodology is not only for splitting a model into a number of smaller components, but also for reducing the amount of support structures required and improving the prototype surface quality. As a result, a large prototype can be produced by assembling all its components which are fabricated separately from RP process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-148
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2009


  • Component
  • Decomposition
  • Large prototype
  • Rapid prototyping
  • RP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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