What Are Rapid Prototyping Services?

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Written By Alex

Alex Webster loves all things tech. He's a 44-year-old married father of two. Alex has been fascinated with technology from a young age and started his first business at 16. He also is the Chief Editor here at CanTechBeCool

Everything we do  — our goals, aspirations, and more — all center around a principle of innovation and technology advancement. As a result, we are at the intersection of technology and manufacturing with our rapid prototyping services.

We are a 3D printing or additive manufacturing company on the surface and to our customers. However, really and indeed, the umbrella that covers this emerging technology is rapid prototyping. 3D printing is simply the tool that makes rapid prototyping possible. It enables us to cut down on lead times for our customers and delivers a working idea to make our client’s product a reality.

In a sense — 3D Printing put the “rapid” IN “rapid prototyping.”

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But first: What is Rapid Prototyping?

Rapid prototyping is the ability to produce a model of a piece, part, or product that you eventually want to reproduce in mass or present as a viable product — but done with a quick turnaround time or reduced lead times. Traditional manufacturing also provides prototyping but generally costs you significant time and money.

Hiring a manufacturer to bring your vision to life often takes many samples and reiterations to get the perfect model. In the traditional manufacturing cycle, before 3D printing, you may not get a working model back to you in months. In addition, you may find out that the model doesn’t even work correctly.

Imagine

Cutting that time down to a couple of weeks — and sometimes…even hours! Using our CAD software and additive manufacturing (3D printing) is fast becoming the norm. That is the definition of Rapid Prototyping

With 3D printing, we can make fine-tuned adjustments with the stroke of a keyboard. The trial and error process is less time-consuming, and you get to focus more on your vision and product and less on the frustration of waiting and failed iterations. We’re here to partner with you to eliminate that frustration.

How Does Rapid Prototyping Benefit You?

We deliver to our customers four primary benefits through rapid prototyping.

They are:

  1. Reduced Lead Times – As previously mentioned, with the technology of 3d printing, we can reduce lead times and help you get your product to the end of the manufacturing cycle that much quicker.
  2. Decreased Cost – With 3D printing, we’re cutting down on materials and time. This translates to cost. Imagine printing precisely what you want through a computer model — No extra materials or bulky molds involved!
  3. Optimized Iterations – We know that each print will need improvements, but we can cut this down to hours…not months, with additive manufacturing. By finding problems with the model sooner in the cycle, the savings are found in time and money.
  4. Maximized Profits – At the end of the day, you save thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, in prototyping costs.

Sharing your Ideas Made Easy

Not everyone is ready for the manufacturing step of the cycle. In fact: you may have an idea lingering in your head. Instead of paying tens of thousands of dollars for a working model, connect with a 3d printing company and pay significantly less. With a working model representing what you want, you can now visualize your product and share it with investors, clients, or collaborators.

You think your idea is a good one, but until you see it work in a real-life situation, you don’t know. Using a rapid prototyping service helps you put that concern to rest. Technologies don’t just work for you — we work with you. We are sensitive to your proprietary ideas and products. Through NDAs (Non-Disclosure Agreements) and hypersensitive protocols, we make sure that your proprietary plans stay that way.