What is Rapid Prototyping?
Rapid prototyping services are all about creating a prototype of a product or its upgrades. We use it to create a scale model of a physical part through three-dimensional computer aided design.
What are the Benefits of Rapid Prototyping?
This technique gives you the opportunity to test and analyze the design of a product. Benefits include: spotting inaccuracies in the product design and fix it immediately before the actual production. It allows companies to see how a product will look and feel before it even hits the market.
3D Rapid Prototyping
Types of Rapid Prototyping
3D2Go utilizes several methods to create 3D prototypes
The initial form its material is in a liquid state. It converts into solid state through the process of curing.
Encompasses all forms of materials in the solid state. It includes the shape of a wire, roll, laminates, and pallets.
Although in a solid state, it is not considered as solid-based to mean powder in grain-like form.
Stereolithography (SLA) is considered as the most widely used rapid prototyping technology. It uses a low-power, highly focused UV laser to produce a 3D object in a vat of liquid photosensitive polymer.
There are 2 types of solid-based prototyping:
- Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) - The process where plastic or wax materials extrude through a nozzle. It traces the cross sectional geometry layer by layer.
- Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM) - In this process, layers of plastic or paper fuse or laminate together using heat and pressure. It is then cut into the desired shape with a computer-controlled laser or blade.
There are 3 types of powder-based prototyping:
- Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) - During SLS, the heat fuses together tiny particles of plastic, ceramic, or glass from a high-power laser to form a solid, 3D object. It is often the method of choice for additively manufactured parts with critical material properties common in the fields of aerospace and medicine.
- 3D printing - Its process is almost like the SLS process. The difference is SLS uses a laser to sinter the material. In 3D printing, an ink-jet printing head deposits a liquid adhesive that binds the material.
- Direct Metal Laser Sintering - The first commercial rapid prototyping method to produce metal parts in a single process. One advantage of DMLS compared to SLS is the small size of the particles which enables very detailed parts.