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Rapid prototyping & rapid tooling

"Rapid prototyping" refers to the various additive manufacturing methods used for rapid production of specimen components – in fact, this is where additive manufacturing originated. Rapid tooling is another technology that speeds up product manufacturing. It takes advantage of additive manufacturing techniques to produce tools. This topic shows how you can benefit from rapid manufacturing methods.

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chairless chair in a sitting position

Fast product development of the noonee chairless chair

The noonee chairless chair relieves worker, supports a healthy working position and makes the worker more efficient. During the product development,…

In one day: From the idea to visualization and first tests

Why ideas fail and how AM can help

Thanks to additive manufacturing (AM), there is almost no limit to what is possible. New ideas can be quickly implemented, visualized and tested in…

The BICAR together with its two inventors, Hans-Jörg Dennig (left) and Adrian Burri (right)

A sustainable Electric vehicle

Using additive manufacturing, Share your BICAR AG and the ZHAW Center for Product and Process Development in Zurich are creating a true innovation…

Prototype component vs. series component

Motor cooler housing for centrifugal turbo-compressor

Through the use of additive manufacturing processes, it was possible to produce near-series prototypes with additive manufacturing for a more…

A prototype for the windscreen wiper of an Airbus helicopter: Produced quickly and cost-effectively

Prototypes for Airbus Helicopter with X400

The world's leading helicopter manufacturer Airbus relies on the X400 3D printer from German RepRap to produce prototypes for windscreen wipers…

Faster and cheaper: Printing big prototypes with the help of the X1000

TAKATA Plas Tec GmbH prints prototypes with German RepRap

By purchasing the German RepRap X1000, Tacata PlasTec was able to significantly reduce the development costs and production time of prototypes. And…

Functional prototype of vacuum cleaner

Motorised vacuum cleaner nozzle: Accurate in every detail

New development of a vacuum cleaner nozzle, which could already be thoroughly testet and optimised during the prototype phase. A distinct benefit of…

Conformal cooling system for a plastic injection mold

Plastic injection mold with optimal conformal cooling system

Conformal cooling systems in plastic injection molds lead to a higher quality of the plastic product in a shorter cycle time. This results in a…

Fixture for boilded egg

Trainingsmodel «The Egg»

The training model supports future physicians in endoscopic surgery. It allows training of the processes and movements during an operation under…

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