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Is rapid prototyping the same as 3D printing?

Release date:Jul 05,2021 Source:Bole Pageviews:-

Is rapid prototyping the same as 3D printing?

The simple answer is “No”. In modern-day product development process, rapid prototyping is commonly used terms like “3D printing” and “additive manufacturing” mainly because 3D printing first came into prominence as a way of making prototypes quickly, But the additive manufacturing technologies have moved along and have made giant strides towards the production of quality parts and might not be the preferred choice for some prototypes due to higher costs.
So, what is the difference between rapid prototyping and 3D printing? 3D printing or additive manufacturing is a manufacturing process while prototyping is the end result or the end product. Furthermore, 3D printing on its own or in combination with other processes could be used to create rapid prototyping.

Types of Rapid prototyping techniques of BOLE RP&M CO.,LTD


Choosing the right rapid prototyping technology is critical to the success of a prototype. Each rapid prototyping technique has its own compromise in terms of cost, speed, material compatibility of the feature, fidelity level and development stage.

Rapid prototyping doesn’t need to be limited to one process, one can use more than one manufacturing techniques to assemble a prototype.

Following are the types of rapid prototyping technology available for engineering product designers:

· Stereolithography (SLA)

· Selective laser sintering (SLS)/Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)

· CNC Machining Prototyping

· Vacuum casting

· Sheet Metal

· Lathe turning


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