Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Practice: Rapid Prototyping

The process of creating a model is getting easier by the day.

Computing technologies are allowing the creation of presentation models/prototypes to be produce with the touch a button. This process can be thought of as 3D printing.

Rapid Prototyping (RP) greatest benefit is the reduction in development time. There are a few different systems that can be used to produce these 3D models including: Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS®), Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM™), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Solid Ground Curing (SGC), and Ink Jet printing techniques.

Unfortuntely, this same technology allows for knock-offs products to be produced in short order.


A Definition
NYTimes 5-2007

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