The first stage in turning a design into reality can be a committing step. Traditionally a prototype would be a costly affair but fortunately this is no longer the case.
A wide range of rapid prototyping technologies now exist in order to quickly turn a 3D CAD model into a physical prototype.
aCADmy have direct experience using many prototyping techniques including:
- FDM - Fused deposition modelling allows functional prototypes to be made using ABS engineering polymers. Advantages include high strength, waterproof and cost effective parts.
- CNC machining - Fully functional parts made from a variety of metals and plastics. Anything from a 2-D laser cut sheet to a 5-axis machined component.
- Stereolithography - A UV laser is used to harden a photocurable liquid resin. Particularly suitable for low cost production of complex and highly accurate parts. Can be used to produce small and large components.
- Three dimensional printing - An inexpensive technology capable of superfast prototyping. Models are built using resin and coloured powder to produce a visually impressive model. Not suitable for functional testing.