Chapter 14. Rapid Prototyping

14.1 Introduction

Design prototyping has long been a common practice in engineering design. Design and manufacturing engineers always want to ensure that a product design as perceived and visualized on paper (or on a CAD/CAM screen) is what it is. The advantage of verification is that it eliminates any hidden mistakes or surprises that may be discovered during product manufacture. These surprises are costly. Even if there are no design mistakes, holding a prototype in hand may prompt some design changes such as changes in dimensions, aspect ratio, or relocation of features for ease of access by the intended users and maintenance personnel.

Prototyping is not only found in engineering; it is also part of life. Many ...

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