When creating something, or modelling it we have to build smaller models, or prototypes in order to see what the final outcome will be. But this will also take time, and if you don’t have the time you need to come up with a better solution, like rapid prototyping, that will make it go by a lot faster than you needed it to.

What is this?

This is a group of techniques that is used to make models as quickly as possible. It uses computer aided 3D technology to print out the models. Once the print is finished it should closely resemble the proposed finished product.

How does it work?

When it comes to rapid prototyping it uses a number of manufacturing technologies, it is not just based of one. The technologies include high-speed extruding, moulding, casting and machining. Additive manufacturing is prevalent, but there are other processes, like subtractive, and compressive. Subtractive is where a material block gets into the carving process to produce the desired shape. And compressive is where a semi-solid or liquefied into a desired shape.

The advantages?

There are a number of advantages, like being able to have the complete picture, and seeing how it will turn out quicker. It is also a very effective method as it does not cost that much and does not take long to do. It will also help clients, and investors to understand how it will be developed and see if changes need to be made.