Different Types and Advantages of Rapid Prototyping

Last Updated on January 19, 2022 by Leizi

Rapid prototyping is a new technology to help design companies to make scaled models in less time. In the past, it was not an easy thing to create prototypes within a short period. Let’s learn some different types of rapid prototyping first and then their advantages.

Different types of rapid prototyping: When it comes to rapid prototyping, we need to mention 3D printing. It is additive manufacturing that uses the resin liquid or powder to create the prototypes. In general, there are three common types of printing with their characteristics: SLA(Stereolithography), FDM(Fused Deposition Modeling), and SLS(Selective Laser Sintering). At Ruitai, we often apply to SLS and SLA to create various prototypes applied in almost every industry.

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Figure1 3D Printing

Meanwhile, there are other rapid prototyping ways: CNC machining, sheet metal processing, and injection molding. If you want to make prototypes with high precision, CNC machining would be a top-list choice.

As to sheet metal processing, it’s a common way to process the metal sheets with specific sizes and types at a lower cost. Besides, injection molding is more suitable for low-volume and medium production. According to your requirements, you can choose the best rapid prototyping process.

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Figure2 CNC Machining

What Are the Advantages of Rapid Prototyping?

(1) High-efficiency;
3D printing is the most popular one to do rapid prototyping. It will help you make the components within a few hours. Usually, the 3D printed parts do have not many postprocessing requirements. Besides, it can also deal with models with complicated designs. Thus, it will greatly save your time and energy to make a few prototypes.

(2) Design Evaluation;
Rapid prototyping can help you present the drawings with the models. Through rapid prototyping, you can check and perfect your design.

Just contact Ruitai here to learn more about rapid prototyping!