Rapid Prototyping – What is it?
Rapid prototyping is one of the significant steps in product design. It assists in bringing conceptualisation to real life. Before final production a prototype is generally manufactured and tested. Labour-intensive prototyping by craftsman and other manufacturing techniques has been a tradition for several centuries. The next stage of prototyping began around the mid-1970s, when soft prototypes modelled by 3D curves and surfaces were put into practical environments, created and tested with accurate materials and other properties. After this, Rapid Prototyping (RP) came about. Rapid Prototyping is the layer-by-layer material deposition, which began during the early 1980s with huge development in Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technologies.
3D printed, rapid prototyping is basically modernising product design. Capability to turn the vision into realism in just hours not only increases the development cycle; it also signifies that you have more time and ability to perfect the design before manufacturing on a large scale. Ideas can be customised and edited until they are completely finalised, and that is the greatest benefit of rapid prototyping.
Rapid prototyping has recently provided unparalleled applications in different dental fields, like frameworks for permanent and detachable partial dentures, production of embedded surgical guides, wax models for dental prosthesis, zirconia prosthesis and moulds for metal castings, as well as maxillofacial prosthesis, and at last, whole dentures.
Rapid prototyping has the ability to enhance and improve product growth while at the same time decreasing the costs of major breakthroughs.. RP technologies are applied by different industries such as automotive, aerospace, jewellery, biomedical and many more. It is utilised to manufacture ideas, functional models, models for investment and vacuum casting, along with medical models and models for engineering.
The most wonderful advantage of rapid prototyping is the capability to build modified products, which are tailored to individual needs. Small adjustments to the CAD model, allow alterations to be made at ease, in order to complete the model, therefore streamlining the trial and error of new prototypes. It also provides the ability to recognise flaws in design before mass production.