Last Updated on April 15, 2022 by Leizi
You may think of rapid prototyping and 3D printing as one. And people regarded the them as interchangeable when this technology was created at the very beginning. In fact, they have their own definitions and usages.
Rapid prototyping is an application program, which often applied to make the models in additive manufacturing. At the sames time, 3D printing decribles the process of turning the 3D model into the acutual models. During the process, we may need the 3D printers to create the models layer by layer.
Alongside that, the cost of rapid prototyping and 3D printing is also different. The cost of maintaining the rapid prototyping machine is much higher than 3D printing. And labor cost of 3D printing is also more economical because is needs less training.
The benifts of rapid prototyping and 3D printing:
- One of the biggest benifts of them is that they reduce the time we use in one kind of product development. It plays a role of evaluating the feasibility of the design. Because the 3D printed prototypes are produced according to the files. Thus, you can check the finished models directly, find their shortcomings and merits, and change your design in time before putting in mass production.
- They can help the product on the market much quicker. They bring a lot of convenience for the designers to bring their ideas into real life within a few days or weeks. If you want to do some changes in your design, you can also create it in short period.