What is Rapid Prototyping

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What is Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping is a powerful tool for product development teams to quickly create prototypes of products and services. This process allows them to test ideas and concepts quickly without having to invest large amounts of time and money into creating a full-fledged product. With rapid prototyping, teams can create prototypes that are highly accurate, cost-effective, and require minimal effort. By utilizing this method, businesses can iterate on their ideas faster than ever before and get feedback from customers more quickly. This helps them to make informed decisions about their product development process in a shorter amount of time.

Rapid Prototyping

The main two types of rapid prototyping

There are two of the most popular methods for rapid prototyping are 3D printing and CNC machining.

3D printing is a process in which objects are created by laying down successive layers of material until the desired shape is achieved. CNC machining involves cutting away material from a solid block to create a finished product with precise dimensions and tolerances. Both processes have their own advantages, making them suitable for different applications.

What is the most common rapid prototyping?

When we start the rapid prototype project, a question pop up, what’s the most common rapid prototyping? The answer is: the most common rapid prototyping for plastic part is 3D printing, and the most common rapid prototyping for metal part is CNC machining due to metal 3D printing has limitation, especially its precision and surface quality can not meet high quality requirements.

3D Printing rapid prototyping process

CNC Machining rapid prototyping process

Author: Mose Li

Author: Mose Li

Director of Project Engineering at 3Q Machining

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