What Is Rapid Prototyping?

Rapid Prototyping Services

A common question we often get asked is : what is rapid prototyping?

 

Rapid prototyping is a relatively new concept. Essentially, it is a process which creates prototypes quickly and cost-effectively in order to visually and functionally evaluate an engineering product design.

 

So, before a product goes into full production, you can have some physical representation to help identify any potential flaws or benefits.

 

Rapid prototyping can be used at any stage of the product development cycle and can be repeated as many times as necessary throughout the design process.

Our Rapid Prototyping Services

 

Our rapid prototyping services are made using three-dimensional computer aided design (CAD) data.

 

Construction of the part is usually completed using Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology. Over the last couple of decades additive manufacture has moved from a specialised activity understood by a few to a mainstream process.

 

There are many different forms of AM, including 3D printing. Nordell offers 3D printing services through the Nordell Xiamen office in China, providing a quick method to evaluate a new design before manufacturing the tool.

 

3D Printing is a low-cost method of producing moulds compared to conventional techniques, offering a flexible and efficient solution, and reducing the time it takes to design and move to production. 3D printed moulds are much cheaper to make than conventional moulds, without the relatively high upfront cost however are only suitable for low to medium volume production.

 

If higher commercial volumes are forecast, we would recommend a modular tooling option or for high volume, mass production then conventional tooling is required.

 

Advantages of Rapid Prototyping

 

There are many advantages to rapid prototyping, including:

 

  • A reduced design & development time
  • It allows greater flexibility when it comes to developing and modifying customizable elements
  • Development costs can be a lot cheaper
  • Higher Ups can visualise the product a lot easier compared to digital design concepts
  • Designers can better understand the product and make more informed decisions when adapting
  • It leads to an improved and increased user involvement

 

To find out more about Rapid Prototyping and 3D Printing contact technicalenquiry@nordell.co.uk or fill out the form below.

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