What Is Rapid Prototyping?
Rapid prototyping uses specialized manufacturing methods to produce high-quality physical parts that match 3D models of a new design idea. The physical prototypes are critical for design validation and improvement and production of them begins to identify and develop the overall production manufacturing processed required as the product transitions from the research and development phase in to the full scale serial production phase. These quick and inexpensive physical models are easily produced, without the need for the traditional investment in hard tooling like injection molds and stamping dies. Customers in almost every industry have a need to produce a sample physical part quickly in order to achieve a fully validated design or to get a new idea physically into the hands of their stakeholders.
Advantages of Rapid Prototyping
- Enable customers and investors to physically hold a model of your product in their hands
- Demonstrate fit, form and function along with the overall appearance of your product
- Test the sales market with short run production of your prototypes
- Identify and reduce design flaws not easily seen in digital 3D modeling environments to save time and money
- Identify and develop new production process and improve existing ones
- Create multiple test versions of your product with different features, sizes, surface textures and finishes