What is rapid prototyping?

Rapid prototyping is an agile strategy throughout the product development process. With this approach, 3D prototypes of products or functions can be created and tested to optimize characteristics such as shape, size, and overall usability.

Simply put, turn your product ideas into physical models at an early stage of product development.

This early physical model is a prototype. Then, you’ll optimize it until you get the right final version. At this point, you’re ready to use or sell it into your product. So the faster you can produce and refine your prototype, the faster you can get to market.

All rapid prototyping work starts with a digital model, but manufacturing hardware can range between CNC machining, 3D printing, sheet metal fabrication, and more.

You can make rapid prototypes using any material that is compatible with the manufacturing hardware you use. This may or may not include surface treatment.

As the name suggests, rapid prototyping emphasizes quick turnaround. Because when you want to develop and deliver products using rapid prototyping services, the sooner the better.

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