Rapid Prototyping (Why is Rapid Prototyping a disruptive technology?…
Why is Rapid Prototyping a disruptive technology?
Disrupt economies of scale
Able to create parts on demand
It allows customisation
Application on new industries (Fashion, transportation)
What are the different types of RP machines?
What is Rapid Prototyping?
Is also known as
First Patent by Chuck Hull, the father of 3D Printing
How Rapid Prototyping has evolved? /The Applications
In 1980, Dr. Kodama had the idea of making parts by layers using solidified plastic. But failed to patent the idea
In 1986, Chuck Hull patented the first Rapid Prototyping technology called Stereolithography (STL) which uses UV light to harden photo-polymer
In 1989, Cal Deckard patented Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) which uses laser to harden plastic resin.
In 1992, Scott Crump patented Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), which uses extrusion of molten plastic to build parts
20 years after 1986, the patents for the technologies have expired and were applied widely
In Product Design
Proof-of-concept (Or comprehensive prototype)
For Production Planning
Making Prosthetic Arm/Leg
Making bone and organ models to prepare for surgery or for implant
Make Surgical Guide
Visual Aids For Complex Concept
Using 3D printed parts to create mold quickly and lower cost