Technological advancements have introduced new concepts that were previously never even thought possible. In this highly competitive market, the integration of rapid prototyping has gained tremendous importance over the years. The technology is the process through which cheap prototypes can be made quickly and effectively without wasting valuable resources.
The implementation of this technology has completely changed how the product lifecycle functions. The benefits of this are not limited to a certain field. Earlier, designing and producing a prototype proved quite expensive which resulted in wastage of resources. However, now with computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing, the production of prototypes is precise and error-free.
Some of the ways in which this technology could influence everyday life in the future are as follows:
Considering the fact that rapid prototyping is already being used to recreate personal objects and belongings, it won’t be long before the technology is accessible to all and becomes cost-efficient. Objects like heirlooms and missing pieces from a chessboard can easily be recreated with virtually limitless creative control.
Accessibility and Design
It has been predicted that similar to how music is easily available for free, there will also be a time when 3D designs for prototypes will easily be available, increasing its potential for growth.
The implementation of this technology was first seen in the field of medicine. It is already being used to create medical and first aid tools which have saved lives. The technology and its use in the medical field will continue to grow since it can be used to create artificial limbs and transplant devices.
Efficient Resource Distribution
Since it is an efficient tool, and with its purpose of improving access, it is only obvious to assume that it will allow a better distribution of resources. This will not be limited to a certain level, but spread evenly across around the globe.
Productive and Sustainable
Since rapid prototyping can be used to recycle products quickly, the materials can be broken down and reused. The outcome of this technology will result in sustainable manufacturing. Furthermore, you can also benefit from the negation of aspects like storage, transportation and merchandising.
It is quite clear that this technology has tremendous potential, even though it’s in its initial stages. There are bound to be more applications of this technology and it is speculated that its accessibility and availability will grow in the not too distant future.