Rapid prototyping is a group of manufacturing technologies that allow for the quick creation of physical prototypes or models of a product or part. The goal of rapid prototyping is to speed up the design and product development process by allowing designers and engineers to quickly test and refine their ideas.
There are several methods of rapid prototyping, including stereolithography (SLA), selective laser sintering (SLS), fused deposition modeling (FDM), and others. Each method uses different materials and processes to build prototypes, but they all involve creating a 3D model on a computer and then using that model to produce a physical part through additive manufacturing techniques.
Rapid prototyping has many benefits, including allowing designers and engineers to quickly test their ideas and make changes before the final product is manufactured, reducing the cost and time required to bring a product to market, and enabling the creation of complex designs.