Offers a look at the use of the methods of rapid prototyping (RP) to streamline product development. Background on traditional RP systems; Benefits of 3-dimensional (3D) printers; Obstacles in the development of 3D printing. INSET: RP Software.
Focuses on the factors that have contributed to the increase in the popularity of the three dimensional printers in the United States. Includes low cost to purchase; Better operation than traditional rapid prototyping equipment; Offering of design engineers with the ability to quickly visualize their product ideas.