Rapid Prototyping Techniques

by: Jean-François Debongnie 7 Feb 2005 | 814 views
Year: 2004 | Document Type: LECTURE | File Format: pdf | Language: uk
Rapid Prototyping Techniques
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The term rapid prototyping (RP) refers to a class of technologies that can automatically construct physical models from Computer-Aided Design (CAD) data.

These “”three dimensional printers”” allow designers to quickly create tangible prototypes of their designs, rather than just two-dimensional pictures. Such models have numerous uses. They make excellent visual aids for communicating ideas with co-workers or customers. In addition, prototypes can be used for design testing.

For example, an aerospace engineer might mount a model airfoil in a wind tunnel to measure lift and drag forces. Designers have always utilized prototypes; RP allows them to be made faster and less expensively.

(Source: UCL - Production Mécanique et machines)

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