Rapid Prototyping & 3D Printing
Rapid Prototyping – Providing Solutions
Rapid Prototyping refers to the process of building a solid 3D object, layer by layer from 3D CAD data. Popular across a wide range of industry sectors from consumer goods to medical devices, from aerospace to fashion, it has proven an invaluable design tool.
“As a product development company, we use physical prototypes wherever possible to progress designs…There was no way we could have convinced our customer to go for a custom designed solution without Rapid Prototyping”
The technology allow designers to identify any potential build issues within the early stages of the product development cycle and eliminate costly tooling errors. Due to the speed at which the prototypes can be made it is a simple and efficient manner of ensuring that product design is meeting the required specifications without long and costly delays.
LPE works with both large and small organisations to develop high quality prototypes to enable effective communication of ideas, rapid customer/inventor buy in and early design verification.
LPE offers a wide range of Rapid Prototyping technologies in house including;
- Stereolithography – including High Resolution SLA
- Selective Laser Sintering
- Vacuum Casting
- Concept Models
- Metal Castings
Unsure which process best suits your project? View the process comparison table.
Rapid Prototyping has proven popular as a product design tool with common applications including;
- Tooling Aids
- Early product analysis / Market testing
- Customisation of Products / Limited Edition Runs
- Product Promotion / Photography
- Design Verification
- Sales / Marketing Tools
“We had been using CNC to produce highly accurate models. But Rapid Prototyping produced parts 4 times faster at half the cost”