Initial Prototyping

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Initial Prototyping

Printed on X7Drill Housing

Drill Housing

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A prototype of this power drill housing was 3d printed to give a sense of how the injection molded part will feel and look.
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3D Printing Initial Prototypes

Exploration of the shape, size, and appearance of a product is key to the design workflow. This basic understanding informs the direction of the project and brings an idea from abstract concept to physical object. Previously, initial prototyping stages were constrained to drawings and hand-assembled physical models, both of which are time consuming, lo-fidelity methods of communicating ideas.

With the barrier to obtaining prototypes lowered significantly by industrial 3D printing, creators can flesh out ideas in CAD from the beginning of ideation, accelerating the design process from the get-go. This leaves more opportunities to iterate upon geometries, truncating the amount of time spent on creating design concepts and implementing new ideas. Markforged 3D printers have the ability to create highly accurate parts quickly, which makes for a more efficient, less tedious start to the product design cycle.

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Why Not all Affordable Printers are Created Equal
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3D Printed Unit Tests and Tolerances
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An Intro to STL Files
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Government Contractor's Print Farm
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