Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2017)
A review on trends and development of rapid prototyping processes in industry
Author(s): Rishab Nagpal, Ravinshu Gupta, Vasu Gupta
Abstract: Rapid prototyping (RP), also called solid freedom fabrication (SFF) can be defined as a group of several techniques and processes which are used to develop a scale model of an actual physical part by making use of CAD software’s whereas the actual development of a physical part is done by the process of 3D printing. The process of rapid prototyping involves layer by layer fabrication of 3D prototypes and generally finds application in the custom made parts i.e. small series parts. Hence rapid prototyping is often the best manufacturing process available for production of complicated parts which are not easily prepared by the use of conventional manufacturing (forming or casting). This review throws light on the various developments and trends in rapid prototyping processes enabling ease in manufacturing of several complicated parts.