Rapid Prototyping is an approach to product development that emphasizes quick & consistent development cycles.
The purpose of rapid prototyping is not to develop a product, rather, as quickly as possible, build something that utilizes a technology or platform to discover the product strengths and weaknesses. Rapid prototyping helps to get the product validated and faster to market. Baked 3D uses the latest technologies and most advanced materials to achieve our customers’ rapid prototyping goals. We specialize in quick turnaround, but also provide the rapid prototyping engineering experience to save our customers time and money.
Rapid prototyping is typically referred to as an additive fabrication technology because the process involves building up the object by adding successive layers. This process involves providing 3D computer aided design (CAD) information to the rapid prototyping machine, which uses that data to incrementally create the object. This is different than traditional subtractive methods such as milling, turning, EDM, etc. Subtractive techniques begin with raw material that is larger than the object to be created and material is removed or carved out to create the end product.
Many product designers use rapid prototyping for fast manufacturing of prototype parts. This can aid visualization, design and development of the manufacturing process ahead of mass production. Rapid Prototyping is used to present new concepts to board members, clients or investors so that they can understand and approve a part or product and gain ready feedback on an actual physical piece rather than a concept.
As rapid prototyping is a consistent process, it allows customer requirements to be incorporated into designs cost-effectively. The process cuts out the need for customized products to be designed from scratch while providing greater choice and flexibility for customers. It also provides:
- Reduced design and testing time and cost
- Fast part turn-around
- Better visualization of products with a physical, solid, tactile item in addition to drawings and computer models
- Testing can be based on form, fit, and function
- Quick constant testing
- Confidentiality of product development is assured
Rapid Prototyping is a very cost-effective way to prototype products as it is an automated process, requiring less staff to operate. This process is also extremely precise, being able to use computer aided design (CAD) to help reduce the amount of material wastage and does not require special tools for prototyping each new product.
The cost depends on a number of factors, including volume or size of the part or parts being created, the surface finish, the materials used and how much post manufacture processing is required.
Rapid prototyping is the fast fabrication of a physical part, model or assembly using 3D computer aided design (CAD), additive manufacturing, or more commonly known as 3D printing. Where the design closely matches the proposed finished product, it is said to be a high-fidelity prototype, as opposed to a low fidelity prototype, where there is a marked difference between the prototype and the final product.
As a full-service rapid prototyping company, Baked 3D offers rapid prototype design, development, and engineering services to assist our customers in guiding their rapid prototype using Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) for precision, functional prototypes and production parts that have high detail and durability.
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