The technology for 3D printing has been around for many years and now it is poised to move beyond prototyping into a high-end product and high-volume commercial manufacturing. Most industry players are using this technology in the market to advance their agenda through different design and manufacturing approaches. The technology is set to advance through loosely coordinated developments. In this article, we focus on 3D printer systems that cost less than US$5.000.
Beginning the early days of additive fabrication, The Rapid Prototyping Mailing List (RPML) was a crucial continuous discussion among thousands of people. During those days and the years to come, it became an instrument of change.
In the field of manufacturing, rapid prototyping is used to make a three-dimensional model of a part or product. Also, it is used to test the efficiency of a product or part design, before it is manufactured in larger quantities. This article looks at the applications of rapid prototyping in the fine arts, architecture, jewelry, and industrial design.
The aerospace sector was among the early adopters of additive manufacturing technology. In an industry where cost is not a priority, the bulk of the work go into parts of an aircraft which are smaller in quantities, but often very technical; hence, they must meet certain strict requirements.
Most people often wonder the distinguishing factor between Rapid Prototyping and 3D Printing; well, the two terms are used along each other and have distinctive similarities. For instance, they both build models layer by layer from STL data. RP, as it’s commonly known is a technical term for this type of additive manufacturing process while 3D is the colloquial terms for the same to make many people grasp the technology easily. However, RP is done at industrial-level while 3D is done at the level of the consumer. That said here are some major differences between the two.