With proper testing and evaluation of your products, over time improvements have to be made to the product design. Evaluation, to determine what works and what does not, will have to be periodically made. Rapid prototyping with 3D printing aids your company to speed up this design and improvement process. 3D printing allows physical changes to be made to allow very short evaluation process of the actual part. Rapid prototyping allows designers and engineers to do frequent revisions in less time to enable thorough testing and correction of the problem in the early stages of the product design. This rapid change to the design of the product, in the early stages, reduces the time that the product is introduced to the market.
“ ……the later a problem is discovered, the more costly it will be to correct…….”
Physical models of your new products are the best method to allow your sales and marketing staff, along with your clients, to make an evaluation of the product – in ways computer models cannot. Rapid prototyping facilitates the clear and detailed feedback essential to product success, and allows designers to quickly respond to improve the product concepts.
Real product performance inspection
Now, with a wide range of 3D printing materials available, inspection of product reliability and performance along with a review of its functions can be made before investing in costly tooling. In addition, if your final production process will require molds, you also can produce 3D short-run tooling to make your products and manufacturing processes before making big investment in costly mold tooling.