Modern living demands highly efficient, multi-functional, durable and affordable home appliances, electronic equipment and other modern products. Companies are constantly faced with the challenge of finding innovative, fast, flexible and low-cost means of meeting consumers’ demands. A great deal of work is usually involved in the prototyping of the appliances, equipment or gadgets.
What is Prototyping?
Prototyping is one of the most essential aspects in the development of a product. It is the process of creating a working model called a prototype so that viability of the product can be tested. Prototyping is also used to collect feedback from preliminary users and detect consumer interest; this feedback is used to improve the product and reduce risks and production costs.
Most manufacturing and designing companies now use the so-called rapid prototyping or solid freeform fabrication, an automatic building of components of an appliance for the purpose of demonstrating, evaluating and testing its features and functions at a lower cost and reduced design cycle time. Ultimately, rapid prototyping aims to speed up the whole development process of the product.
The physical model or solid prototype is created from the descriptions of a computer aided design (CAD) model. With the use of CAD, fabrication of the appliance is automated; a prototype can be made within hours rather than the weeks that the prototyping method involving tooling requires.
home appliances The Future of Prototyping
Today, advanced CAD programs help engineers and designers create digital representations of a product?s components and analyze these components almost instantly. More advanced computers are also now capable of processing complicated physics equations needed to conduct these analyses and tests.