What Is Rapid Prototyping?
Rapid prototyping is a technology that takes a three-dimensional computer model and builds a three dimensional part by building layers upon layer of material. Its speed and low cost allow design teams to confirm their new designs early and frequently in the process.
Start with a 3 dimension computer model. Typically created in 3D CAD products like Solid Works, Rhino, Pro/E, Mechanical Desktop etc.
From 3D CAD, an STL file is exported. Typically done as a “File Save As …”. Xpress3D CAD Add-ins perform this step automatically.
The STL file is then translated into hundreds (or even thousands) of cross sectional data.
Starting with the bottom slice, the prototyping machine builds each slice upon the previous, until all the slices are built and the prototype is complete.
Prototype Your Invention Idea
It’s time for your Prototype! The Development phase is exciting, but nothing compares to the feeling of holding a working model of your product idea in your hands. Prototyping is a key phase of product design where the 3D CAD file(s) is converted to an accurate solid part that will be used for fit, function, testing, and marketing.
I have experience, and enjoy working with all types of technologies that will quickly make your product a reality. Some of these include SLA, SLS, FDM, Urethane, Cast, and CNC machining. Use of Stereo Lithography (SLA) and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is very common. These processes allow parts to be built exactly as designed in a matter of hours.
There are various methods of making models, and other processes available that can bring your Invention to life. Whether you’ve created a basic concept or a fully detailed model, you have given actuality to your product. Improvements may be made now by using focus groups, brainstorming, and testing, to assure that your product is marketable to investors and valuable to consumers. Through the pages below, you can discover which process best meets your needs, or fits into your product definition.