3D Prototyping Processes For Designers And Manufacturers
Although some time has passed since the introduction of 3D printing technology and the 3D printer to the modern day office the true significance of this advancement in printing specifically for those in the sphere of designing and manufacturing have been largely ignored. Conceptualists, designers and artists involved in the design elements of a product spend a great period of time pondering, researching and executing a blueprint for a given product. The factual and practical elements of the product however cannot be accurately represented nor captured in a one dimensional sketch or a two dimensional computer drawing. As in any creative process the feel, aspect and structural elements of a product can only be gauged by a prototype that was mostly handmade or outsourced to prototype building companies in previous years. While largely true-to-life and accurate, hand crafted models can possess many differentials from the drawn sketches of the product as miscalculations made due to human errors, mathematical inaccuracies and other shortcomings that may prop up due to material used and the inability to render certain special features, colors and details.
3D technology and advancements such as rapid prototyping eliminates such common misrepresentations with accurate, precise renderings of designs with three dimensional aspects. Letting designers and conceptualist touch, feel and see the product prototype in all its intricate complexity a 3D prototype saves precious productions costs by allowing designer to tweak the flaws before the items goes out for mass production. Unlike hand-made models which can take several weeks to execute on average 3D prototypes printed off a 3D printer are available for examination of errors in record time. This also gives designers extra time to work on alterative elements to replace fault lines.
Enabling quick mark up abilities coloring and labeling allows designers to easily mark and pinpoint areas that need clarification or alterations. Special features such as drilling points for assembly can be marked through the coloring and labeling process while several variations of the same product can also me produced through 3D printing to allow product partners and manufacturers the option of selecting the best one. Demonstrating pros and cons of a design in true color, texture and scale 3D prototyping has eliminated costs and design errors that plagued designers and manufacturers in decades past.