Rapid Proto-Typing & 3rd Printing
What is Rapid Prototyping?
Rapid prototyping is the rapid creation of a physical part, model, or assembly using 3D computer-aided design (CAD). Manufacture of a part, model, or assembly is usually accomplished using additive manufacturing, or what is more commonly known as 3D printing.
Where the design closely matches the proposed finished product, it is called high fidelity prototyping, as opposed to low fidelity prototyping, where there is a significant difference between the prototype and the final product.
How Does Rapid Prototyping Work?
Rapid prototyping (RP) includes a variety of manufacturing technologies, although most use layered additive manufacturing. However, other techniques used for RP include high-speed machining, casting, molding, and extrusion.
While additive manufacturing is the most common rapid prototyping process, other more traditional processes can also be used to create prototypes.
These processes include: