What is rapid prototyping? According to Wikipedia, Rapid prototyping is a group of techniques used to quickly fabricate a scale model of a physical part or assembly using three-dimensional computer aided design (CAD) data. Construction of the part or assembly is usually done using 3D printing or “additive layer manufacturing” technology.
In short, rapid prototyping enables users of this working method to quickly fabricate physical models and make iterations on them with three dimensional aided design data (CAD). Allowing users to turn innovative ideas into successful end parts rapidly and efficiently.
When talking about what is rapid prototyping, we need to talk about the technology. Rapid prototyping is an additive manufacturing technology. The working process is faster and more efficient than traditional prototyping technologies. The process starts with an idea that will be transformed into a digital 3D model, by using modelling or CAD software. The 3D design is then being processed to a 3D print file. With this file the 3D printing can start. The Tractus3D printers use the FFF technology (also known as FDM).
With the possibility to scale the model and 3D print it in in a small version, the print time can be reduced immensely. After every 3D print, iterations can be made in the 3D software, based on a real model. This ensures that you can quickly edit the design and make iterations efficient. Working faster than normal to get the best product.
Most rapid prototyping workflows can produce multiple 3D models in a short amount of time. Reducing the overall prototyping time immensely, hence the name ‘rapid prototyping’.