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Rapid Prototyping Technologies UK

The process of creating concepts and models through services such as 3D Printing, CNC Machining, Additive Manufacturing and Stereolithography have been around since the 1990s. However with improvements in technology seen in recent years (last 10-15 years), the domestic market has been able to utilise these manufacturing processes to be able to create their own products, designs and concepts quickly and effectively. The use of these systems typically involve CAD (computer aided design) drawings, of which these technical files are fed into a machine to generate a 3D model, both that a 3D printer can read and one that can be visualised in a 3d environment. Rapid Prototyping can take anywhere from 1 - 14 days to complete, depending on the complexity and size of the project at hand. If your idea is full filled with a broad range of concept drawings and intricate details, then these designs can typically take a lot longer to process. However with most 3D printing service costing around £500+ to create 1 concept, the domestic market has been given the opportunity to start developing these ideas into new products, ready to put on the market.