Chapter . Custom-Fit: A knowledge-based manufacturing system enabling the creation of Custom-Fit Products to improve the Quality of Life

A. Gerrits[a], C.L. Jones[b], R. Valero[c]


A radical change [1] in manufacturing is starting to occur. Rapid Manufacturing [2] (RM) is based on completely new additive manufacturing techniques that produce fully functional parts directly from a 3D CAD model without the use of tooling. This offers the potential to change the paradigm of manufacturing, service and distribution with opportunities for producing highly complex and customised products.

The ambitious scope of the European Initiative CUSTOM-FIT, a Framework 6 Integrated Project, is to create a fully integrated system for the design, production ...

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