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Rapid prototyping is the idea of quickly assembling a physical part, piece or model of a product. This is often done using sophisticated computer-aided design or other assembly software, and physically implemented using 3-D printers.
Rapid prototyping is an idea made possible by brand-new technologies. Engineers have to quickly develop geometric models and forms, and use advanced physical processes to construct these types of impromptu products. These pieces may be only for demonstration or show, or they may actually relate to a plan for single-instance or longer-term production.
Experts suggest that rapid prototyping helps companies reduce waste, get products to market more quickly and test products in the real world. There is the idea that, since an initial prototype is hardly ever perfect, rapid prototyping makes possible a series of releases that allow for fine-tuning the product.