Rapid Prototyping, also known as 3-D printing, is an additive manufacturing technology. The process begins by taking a virtual design from computer aided design (CAD) software. From there, the CAD file is uploaded to the 3-D printing machine. The 3-D printer then reads the data and begins to lay down successive layers of heated ABS plastic, building up the physical model from a series of cross sections. These layers, which correspond to the virtual cross section from the CAD model, are automatically joined together to create the final shape.
Rapid prototyping in manufacturing offers multiple benefits to our customers, including: Timely and effective communication of design ideas, effective validation of design fit, form and function, and fewer design and production flaws.