Bring your product designs into the real world with rapid prototyping. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the machinery, and insights into techniques such as 3D printing, machining, resin casting, injection molding, and more.
- Hi, I'm Gabe Corbett, and welcome to Rapid Prototyping for Product Design. After you designed your part in the computer, it's standard practice to generate a physical prototype of that part to evaluate it before sending it to manufacturing. In this course, we'll look at several common methods for prototyping, so you can start to decide which method will work best for your parts. We'll start with a quick overview of the different prototyping methods. We'll take a look at how prototyping fits into the production workflow. We'l look at different options for 3D printing, a quick method for creating physical parts which has become very popular lately.
We'll then dive deeper into what's involved in setting up and running a printer. We'll spend some time with CNC mills and lays to give you an idea of what's involved in machining and turning a part. We'll look at both resin casting and injection molding, two similar processes for creating casts and molded parts. And finally, we'll work a 3D laser scanner and a touch probe system to reverse engineer a part and build a model in the computer. If you've designed a part in Solworks or some other CAD application, and you're ready to see that part in the real world, this course will give you a good idea of your options.
So, let's get started with Rapid Prototyping for Product Design.
- 3D printing parts, using fused deposition modeling, stereolithography, and selective laser sintering (FDM, SLA, and SLS)
- Working with CNC mills and lathes
- Building a silicon mold and resin casting a part
- Injection molding a plastic part
- Creating quick 2D models
- Using laser and touch-probe scanners