Guide to Creating Rapid Prototypes for Product Development

Creating Rapid Prototypes is a crucial part of the product development process, but traditionally, it has been a bottleneck.

Product designers and engineers would create makeshift proof-of-concept models with basic tools, but producing functional prototypes and production-quality parts often required the same processes as finished products.

Traditional manufacturing processes like injection molding require costly tooling and setup, which makes low-volume, custom prototypes prohibitively expensive.

Rapid prototyping helps companies turn ideas into realistic proofs of concept, advances these concepts to high-fidelity prototypes that look and work like final products, and guides products through a series of validation stages toward mass production.

Create Rapid Prototypes directly from CAD data

With rapid prototyping, designers and engineers can create prototypes directly from CAD data faster than ever before, and execute quick and frequent revisions of their designs based on real world testing and feedback.

In this guide, you’ll learn how rapid prototypes from a 3D printer fit into the product development process, rapid prototyping applications, and what rapid prototyping tools are available to today’s product development teams.

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