Rapid prototyping has a wide range of applications in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, electronics, communications, medical, construction, home appliances, toys, furniture, household hardware and handicrafts.
Designers have a limited ability to take into full consideration all various aspects of a product (such as structure, shape, size and so on) in a short period and still be able to propose an optimized solution based only on design drawings. It wastes time and energy, and leads to omissions and errors, meaning that reprocessing has to be carried out in the future. However, with the implementation of rapid prototyping, designers can obtain actual products at early design stages. Therefore, they can perform modifications, sample reconstruction, test production on the mold, carry out small batch production of the products and carry out a review of each product. This gives the designers an excellent environment for their design works. Clearly, the optimized result can be achieved as soon as possible without the repetition of thinking and amending processes.
Manufacturers can obtain the actual sample products during the early design stages. They can even conduct test production of the mold and small production of the products. This allows them to provide their opinions on the product design beforehand and have better preparation on the raw materials, standard parts, processing parts from external manufacturers, processing technology and molds for mass production. As such, mistakes and reprocessing can be easily avoided. In addition, the working period and manufacturing cost can be minimized while still enhancing product quality.
Salespeople receive product samples and even a small number of the products at the initial stage of the product design. This allows them to promote the products as soon as possible while still receiving customer feedback and predicting market needs in a more accurate manner, instead of carrying out promotion based on an imaginary product or design drawing. The use of rapid prototyping technology can significantly reduce the risks in selling and the production cost, reducing the time-to-market and significantly increase the competitiveness of the products.
Users are able to have a look at sample products, or even small amount of the products during the design phase to allow them to gain a deeper understanding on it and perform necessary testing as well as giving their opinions. As such, customers can receive the products based on their desires for performance and receive products at reasonable prices within short periods of time.
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