Rapid Prototyping: A Tool for Product Development

Ian Gibson*

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This paper discusses the current status of layer-based manufacturing Rapid Prototyping (RP) technology and how it is being successfully implemented as a tool for product development (PD). A brief introduction to RP is given, focusing on the limitations of existing technology. Future trends for RP development are then discussed with further consideration for software issues in future applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785-793
Number of pages9
JournalComputer-aided design and applications
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Industry Overview
  • Product Development
  • Rapid Prototyping

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