Introduction to Rapid Prototyping

Upcoming course dates

Oct 17-18 2018 - £680.00

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Course duration: 2 days 

Shawbury Shropshire, UK


This course provides an introduction to the concepts of Rapid Prototyping using polymers and includes videos demonstrating the properties of polymer prototypes vs standard materials. 

It will help participants gain confidence in recognising and understanding rapid prototyping methods and their limitations. It will also explore how materials manufactured by rapid prototyping compare to those manufactured by conventional techniques. The course is classroom-based.

Learning Outcomes

  • Awareness of the technology used to rapidly fabricate prototypes. (Introductory-level review of the principles that govern the technologies, design for manufacturing and best practices.)
  • Understand what limits/dominates the capability of each rapid prototyping technology
  • Understand how this in turn drives design for manufacturing
  • Understand the metrics (cost, rate, quality, flexibility) that quantify the suitability of a technology
  • Understand practical issues that are important to effective use of the technology

Course Content

This course covers (full agenda coming soon):

  • Additive manufacturing
  • What is Rapid Prototyping?
  • The origins of Rapid Prototyping and its process
  • Stereolisthgraphy
  • Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM)
  • Laser Sintering
  • Fused Deposition Modelling

Who will benefit

  • Professionals new to rapid prototyping/ additive manufacturing.  
  • Participants looking to gain knowledge and insight to help them select appropriate processes/technologies and make good design/fabrication/assembly decisions when using rapid prototyping processes.

The course would also be useful for individuals seeking to better understand how to prototype items, for example: designers, design engineers, directors of engineering, technicians, and researchers. The lessons learned are useful in fields related to design, manufacturing and R&D.

Presenter Info

This course is presented by:

Dr Paul Shipton, Consultancy Director - Smithers Rapra

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