Rapid Prototype or 3D Printed Model
Many prototyping processes are available to design teams. While some prototypes are suitable for traditional model-making methods, recent advanced manufacturing and rapid prototyping technologies have emerged that offer great advantages. Being able to obtain prototype parts quickly to test for component fit and function can help get your product to market faster than your competition.
Early in the design process, when the ideas are flowing freely Rapid Prototype or 3D Printed Models are a quick and cost-effective method assessing a range of design ideas. From these rapid prototypes suitable adjustments in design, materials, size, shape, assembly, colour, manufacturability and strength can be made. Our experienced and knowledgeable technology consultants at MNL can help you select the best rapid prototyping process for your product development process.
3D Printed models offer one of the fastest build time of any additive process, is among the least expensive options for prototype quantities, and can make parts with complex geometries. This process also offers full-colour models, and even graphics, to communicate more information with added aesthetic appeal.
As the design progresses, a rapid prototype model may evolve into a finished model that has all the characteristics that faithfully represents the attributes of the intended final product. While dozens of ways are available to produce viable prototypes Malcolm Nicholls Ltd. (MNL) can advise and help determine what process or technology is best for a designer’s unique application, timescale, and budget.