Rapid prototyping a new machine to hit the market and is quickly becoming invaluable in moving new products from design to 3-D model. This results in lower production costs and less time than it ever took before to move new designs into production with fewer errors.
In essence, this machine grows parts of a model layer by layer using a variety of materials. Plastics, metals, wax, and resins are utilized using unique computer technology that seems to be right out of the Star Trek series.
The first step is for the machine to turn computer generated models into language the machine can understand. One version translates instructions into Standard Tessellation Language. The machine then takes this information and creates cross-sections of original designs by dissecting them it into layers. It then creates the parts adding layer to layer until 3-D replicas are built.
Once complete the model can then be used for a variety of purposes primary of which is to tweak the original to ensure the fit of parts, functioning of the concept, and then sharing it with others. Whether exchanging ideas with design teams, investors, manufacturers, or even potential customers, having 3-D models far surpasses the advantages of 2-D drawings used in the past.
Models are an integral part of the design to retail process. One of the greatest advantages of this new machine is ensuring that the expense and time required in this process is significantly reduced. Additionally, ensuring that a concept works prior to production is extremely important.
Companies that specialize in working with this equipment are now providing their services to the masses. As can be imagined, price points vary widely based on the materials required and the complexity of the design. Fortunately, the Internet has made it possible to obtain online quotes that will ensure the use of rapid prototyping is affordable for individuals who would like to take advantage of this service.