Rapid Prototyping helps design and turn ideas into reality quickly and efficiently, enabling real-time product design feedback and concept testing. It is a group of techniques used to quickly fabricate a scale model of a physical part or assembly using 3D CAD design data.
Workflow in rapid prototyping:
CAD design: A new product is designed using a CAD software.
Digital pre-processing: A set of instructions is created based on the CAD model for the 3D Printer.
3D printing: A model is fabricated on a 3D printer.
Evaluation: A physical prototype can be used for testing or can be used as a functional testing.