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143. The different rapid prototyping

A large number of competing technologies are available in the marketplace today. Because all of them are additive technologies, their main differences are found in the way layers are built to create parts.

In rapid prototyping rapid doesn’t always mean fast. It can mean a few hours or a few days, depending on the object being prototyped. Other rapid prototyping technologies involve laying liquid materials that are cured with different technologies. In lamination systems, thin layers are cut to shape and joined together.

Prototyping can be implemented in concept generation, ergonomic testing, test fitting, functional testing and even small-batch production. Among the various methods used in prototyping rapid prototyping is most ideal for mass production in relatively small quantities. Most manufacturers will argue that the more traditional injection molding methods benefit wide scale mass production better than rapid prototyping.

Rapid tooling is another technology that uses rapid prototypes, either indirectly or directly, as a tooling pattern for creating a mold. Rapid tooling techniques enables manufacturers to have molds that supply prototype parts with the correct material at a substantially reduced cost in a fraction of the time it takes to produce parts from production tooling processes.

Here are some samples we have done before, please kindly take a look:

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rapid prototyping

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Custom molds

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