King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

College of Engineering Sciences

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

 

Phone: 03-860-2797/2575                   Fax: 03-860-2949                  E-mail: rpsurvey@kfupm.edu.sa

 

Please complete sections I and II

 

Sections III, IV, V, VI and VII are optional depending upon your responses in section II

 

 

Rapid Manufacturing Technologies Survey (2004-2005)

 

Please fill in your details before proceeding:

 

Name of Respondent:

Title:
Phone: ext.
Fax:
E-mail:

 

 

 

Section I

(Please complete this section)

 

Company Information

 

Company:
P.O. Box:
City & Zip Code:
Webpage Address:

 

 

01. What is your primary business line? (Please check one):

Consulting

Services

Trade

Manufacture

 

Other (please specify):
 
02. What is your primary product line? (Please rank appropriate answers – a maximum of 3 products in order of priority):
Agricultural Machinery/Transportation Equipment
Household Appliances
Healthcare (Orthopedics & Dental)
Industrial Machinery
Metal Fabrication or Processing
Instruments/Electrical/Electronic Equipment
Furniture
Plastics/Rubber
Jewelry
Training
Construction/Architecture

Other (please specify):
 
03. For your company’s main product(s)/services(s), please RANK the order of importance of the following factors according to how your company competes for customer sales? 1=most important, 4=least important (please circle appropriate answer):

Innovation:

1     2     3     4

Adopting new technology:

1     2     3     4
 
04. In which of the following areas does your company have the most significant demands or developmental needs? (Check all that apply):
Manufacturing processes, setup, scrap, etc.
Product development/design
Technology implementation
Waste management
Quality assurance
  Other (Please describe):
 

 

 

Section II

(Please complete this section)

 

Technology Information

 

 
05. Does your company use any of the following CAD software? (check all that apply):
I-DEAS
CATIA
Pro/Engineer
MicroStation
SolidWorks
AutoCAD
  Other (please specify software):
 
 
06. Your primary use for the CAD software mentioned above in item 05 is (check all that apply):
2D CAD/drafting
3D modeling/design
2D to 3D conversion
Part drawings
Assembly drawings
Simulation/analysis
Production drawings
Presentation
  Other (please describe below):
 
 

07. How many computer workstations does your company have dedicated for design/manufacture related tasks? (Please enter number and type of operating systems installed):

Quantity: of Windows XP/2000/NT
Quantity: of UNIX/LINUX
Quantity: of Mac OS/MS-DOS
Quantity: of Other (please name operating system below):
 
 
08. Is your company involved in using or outsourcing any of the following manufacturing processes? (check all that apply):
    Use Outsource
  a. Machining
  b. Extrusion
  c. Grinding/finishing
  d. Plastic processing
  e. Sheet metal working
  f. Welding
  g. Casting/forging
  i.  Heat treatment
  j.  NC/CNC machining
  k. Other (please describe below):
 
 

09. Is your company involved in using or outsourcing any of the following services or technologies? (check all that apply):

    Use Outsource
(Complete section III if you select 'Use' ) a. Rapid prototyping (RP)
(Complete section V if you select 'Use' ) b. Rapid tooling (RT)
(Complete section VI & VIII if you select 'Use') c. Manufacturing simulation/analysis
  d. Production tooling
  e. Tooling design
  f.  CAD/design consulting
(Complete section IV if you select 'Use' ) g. Reverse engineering (RE)
(Complete section VII if you select 'Use') h. Casting/molding simulation
  i.  Product development services
  j.  Process consulting
  k. Other (please describe below):
 
 
10. Do you produce prototypes/samples of your products before production? (check one):
a. Yes, about  pieces per month
b. No, but would like to know how to
c. No and not interested
 
11. Please indicate the approximate build size of the prototypes/samples you make (enter approximate dimensions):

X X

 inches
   mm
 
12. Please indicate the tolerance required on the prototypes/samples you make (enter approximate value and check units):
0. inches
0.0 mm
  Other (specify tolerance required and units):
 
 
13. If you have checked option 10a, then describe briefly what process you use for making your prototypes/samples (describe below):
 
 
14. What purposes do you use your prototypes/samples for? (check all that apply):
Visual inspection for form and fit
Visual inspection of internal details by making cut-out samples
Visual inspection for looks, color and aesthetics
Functional inspection to test actual functionality
For test runs under actual working conditions
Promotion and test marketing purposes
Client approval before production
Tooling purposes for casting/molding, etc.
Design evaluation
Short production runs
  Other  (please describe below):
 
 
15. Do you spend time or money on finishing your patterns before final production starts? (check one):
Always
Sometimes
Never
 
16. Please indicate your level of interest or familiarity with the following services or technologies? (check all that apply):
  Not Aware

a. Rapid prototyping

Interested
(Complete section III if you select 'Use' ) Use in-house/Outsource to:
  Not Aware
b. Reverse engineering Interested
(Complete section IV if you select 'Use') Use in-house/Outsource to:
  Not Aware
c. Rapid tooling Interested
(Complete section V if you select 'Use') Use in-house/Outsource to:
  Not Aware
d. Manufacturing simulation Interested
(Complete sections VI & VIII if you select 'Use') Use in-house/Outsource to:
  Not Aware
e. Casting/molding simulation Interested
(Complete section VII if you select 'Use') Use in-house/Outsource to:

 

Section III

(Please complete this section if you have checked option 9a or replied positively to question 16a)

 

Rapid Prototyping Information

 

17. What types of rapid prototyping technology do you use? (check all that apply):
Stereolithography (SL)
Selective laser sintering (SLS)
Laminated object modeling (LOM)
Fused deposition modeling (FDM)
3 Dimensional printing (3DP)
Direct metal deposition (DMD)
Solid ground curing (SGC)
  Other (please name technology and equipment manufacturer):
 
 

18. What materials do you use for your rapid prototyping machines? (Check all that apply):

UV resin
Nylon
ABS
Polycarbonate
Paper
Metal
Ceramic
Wax
  Other (please specify material):
 
 
19. How long has your company been involved in using RP services or technologies? (check one):
< 1 year
1 – 3 years
> 3 years
 
20. Do you provide rapid prototyping services to other manufacturers? (check one):
Yes
No
 
21. Are you seeking assistance/services in the area of rapid prototyping? (please check one):
Yes
No

 

Section IV

(Please complete this section if you have checked option 9g or replied positively to question 16b)

 

Reverse Engineering Information

 

22. What type of reverse engineering scanning or digitizing technology do you use? (check all that apply):
Mechanical arm
Guided probe
Laser measuring head
Laser scanner/auxiliary video
Laser tracking
LED-based tracking
Magnetic tracking
White light scanning
  Other (please specify technology):
 
 
23. How long has your company been involved in using RE services or technologies? (check approximate duration):
< 1 year
1 – 3 years
> 3 years
 
24. Do you provide reverse engineering services to other manufacturers? (check one):
Yes
No
 
25. Are you seeking assistance/services in the area of rapid prototyping? (please check one):
Yes
No

 

Section V

(Please complete this section if you have checked option 9b or replied positively to question 16c)

 

Rapid Tooling Information

 

26. What rapid tooling technologies do you use or outsource services for? (check all that apply):
Vacuum Casting
Direct AIMTM
Copper Polyamide SLS
Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)
CNC Aluminum Tooling
RapidToolTM
DirectToolTM
3D KeltoolTM
RTV Silicone Rubber Mold
  Other (please specify technology):
 
 
27. How long has your company been involved in using or outsourcing rapid tooling services or technologies? (check approximate duration):
< 1 year
1 – 3 years
> 3 years
 
28. Do you provide rapid tooling services to other manufacturers? (check one):
Yes
No
   
29. Are you seeking assistance/services in the area of rapid tooling? (please check one):
Yes
No

 

Section VI

(Please complete this section if you have checked option 9c or replied positively to question 16d)

 

Manufacturing Simulation Information

 

30. What type of machining and tool path code generation/verification software do you use or outsource services for? (check all that apply):
MasterCAM
GibbsCAM
SmartCAM
Vericut
ESPRIT Series
MetaCut
Mazacam/Geopath
Denford Machining Software
Delcam
Auto-code
  Other (please specify software):
 
 
31. How long has your company been involved in using machining simulation software, services or technologies? (check approximate duration):
< 1 year
1 – 3 years
> 3 years
 
32. Do you provide machining simulation or tool path code generation/verification services to other manufacturers? (check one):
Yes
No
   
33. What type of controllers do you deal with/have or use for your CNC machine tools? (check all that apply):
Fanuc
Fagor
Siemens
Heidenhann
Anilam
Mazatrol
  Other (please specify controller):
 
   
34. Are you seeking assistance/services in the area of machining simulation, tool path code generation/verification? (check one):
Yes
No
   
35. Please indicate the typical size of the workpiece you machine (enter approximate dimensions):
Block type workpieces:  
(L)  
  (W)  inches / mm /  cm
(H)  
Cylindrical type workpieces:  
(L) X (Φ)  inches / mm / cm

 

Section VII

(Please complete this section if you have checked option 9h or replied positively to question 16e)

 

Casting/Molding Simulation Information

 

36. What casting/molding simulation software do you use or outsource services for? (check all that apply):
ESI Software (ProCast, Calcosoft, PAM-Quickcast)
SOLIDCast Series
Novacast (NovaFlow & Solid)
MAGMA
PASSAGE®/PowerCAST
MoldFlow
Flow-3D
PICAT Software
Fluent
  Other (please specify software):
 
 
37. How long has your company been involved in using or outsourcing casting/molding simulation services or technologies? (check approximate duration):
< 1 year
1 – 3 years
> 3 years
 
38. Do you provide casting/molding simulation services to other manufacturers? (check one):
Yes
No
   
39. Are you seeking assistance/services in the area of machining simulation? (check one):
Yes
No

 

Section VIII

(Please complete this section if you have checked option 9c or replied positively to question 16d)

 

Metalforming Simulation Information

 

40. What metalforming simulation software do you use or outsource services for? (check all that apply):
ABAQUS
DEFORM
ANSYS
LS-DYNA®
FORGE
FASTFORM
BLANKNEST
DYNAFORM
SHAPE
  Other (please specify software):
 
 
41. How long has your company been involved in using or outsourcing metalforming simulation services or technologies? (check approximate duration):
< 1 year
1 – 3 years
> 3 years
 
42. Do you provide metalforming simulation services to other manufacturers? (check one):
Yes
No
   
43. Are you seeking assistance/services in the area of metalforming simulation? (check one):
Yes
No

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Form designed, developed and maintained by:

Mohammed Faisal Ahmed

Definitions:

Rapid prototyping: refers to the rapid development of physical models and/or functional prototypes directly from 3D CAD data, without the support of tooling or molds.

Reverse engineering: refers to the process of creating a descriptive CAD data set (data file) from a physical object by means of scanning or digitizing.

Rapid tooling: refers to the process of utilizing rapidly prototyped parts or actual parts to make tooling where molds may be directly fabricated by an RP system, or RP-generated parts can be used as patterns for fabricating a mold through so-called indirect or secondary processes.

Virtual machining: refers to the process of simulating conventional or CNC/NC machining operations in a computer environment.