Virtual Prototyping and Rapid Prototyping - Similarities and differences

Ian Gibson*, Zhan Gao

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Virtual Prototyping (VP) and Rapid Prototyping (RP) are two techniques that have many similar goals, but achieving them in very different ways. With VP, the approach is to create as precise a numerical model as possible in the easiest possible way, whereas RP creates a physical model. This paper tries to define VP in a sense where it can be compared and contrasted with RP. The most obvious common area is in the early stages of product development, namely conceptualisation. A virtual CAD technique is described that aims to create concept models in an intuitive form that may be suitable for artistic sculptors. A conclusion is made that RP and VP are valuable techniques that can join together to form a powerful tool for rapid development of complex products.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 1st International Conference, Leiria, Portugal, 1-4 October, 2003
EditorsPaulo Jorge Bartolo, Geoffrey Mitchell
Place of PublicationLeiria, Portugal
PublisherEscola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão
Pages97-106
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping, VRAP 2003 - Leiria, Portugal
Duration: 1 Oct 20034 Oct 2003

Conference

Conference1st International Conference on Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping, VRAP 2003
CountryPortugal
CityLeiria
Period1/10/034/10/03

Keywords

  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Virtual Prototyping

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