RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, MANUFACTURING processes, PRODUCTION engineering, and INDUSTRIAL engineering
The article discusses the importance of rapid manufacturing, which is also called rapid prototyping, a process that employs additive fabrication technology. Several industrial benefits offered by the technology include the reduction of upfront expense and the elimination of tooling in manufacturing processes. In addition, it is noted that rapid prototyping allow manufacturers to have an unlimited potential for product changes after it has been placed in production. INSET: Medical tools, functional prototypes improve design.