“If a picture is worth a thousand words, a prototype is worth a thousand pictures.” – IDEO, a global design and innovation agency
Creativity needs, rather demands, the acceptance of failure or rather the willingness to fail forward, learnand do so all over again. You do not have to fail in order to become creative but you are unlikely to succeed without failingand failing often.
And so, when a new product or new design is expensive or critical, prototyping becomes an expensive necessity. But what if one could go through these cycles of prototyping faster and cheaper?
That is where Rapid Prototyping comes in. With 3D printing, you can now quickly fabricate a scale model of a physical part or assembly, thus providing you and your team with the ability to quickly explore and realize concepts.
Some of the benefits include :
- the ability to explore, realize, test, and refine concepts faster
- an opportunity to make improvements early in the design stage through rapid iterations
- easier visualization and communication of products and designs, especially for non-designers
- quicker filtration of unworkable and reworkable ideas
- testing of a part before it is mass manufactured
All of this helps to get the products to market quicker, cheaper, better. Who says you can’t have all three at the same time. And if you still have any doubts, Formula One teams use rapid prototyping for testing, and even manufacturing precision parts in small quantities. No wonder that Rapid Prototyping is experiencing rapid growth with a 21% increase in adoption between 2017 and 2018.
So what design of yours can we rapidly take from plan to prototype to product?