Rapid prototyping enables companies to get imperative feedback, fail fast, revise, iterate, and bring better products to market faster than ever before. The term rapid prototyping is typically associated with using 3D printing or additive manufacturing technologies to rapidly produce 3D models and prototypes to test and verify designs before full blown production begins. Rapid prototyping encompasses nearly every industry and is used to build everything from a movie prop to a space shuttle component.
Physical concept models are instrumental in proving out a new design. They’re the first step towards gauging market interest, selling an idea to key stakeholders, proving out a new manufacturing method, and even training personnel on new procedures. Today, creating a quick turn prototype or model of a new design doesn’t simply mean a bare-bones model. 3D printing processes like PolyJet provide multi-color parts in elastomeric materials printed in just hours, so you can review feel, look, and form closer to the final product than ever before. 3D printing provides immediate feedback on designs, allowing you to re-design more quickly and create smarter products without increasing cost or lead time.
Testing out design features, movable components, materials, and general performance is critical to the success of a new part. Laser Sintering, Fused Deposition Modeling, Direct Metal Laser Sintering and Urethane Casting provide cost effective, quick turn functional prototypes using high performance thermoplastics and metals. 3D printing functional prototypes is the proven go-to solution for design iteration and testing.