In these fast changing times, companies have to find new ways, and new ideas to keep up with the constantly changing needs of their consumers.
In R and D a team of researchers come up with fresh new ideas and test them to see if they are feasible to produce.
A major part of the R and D process is the prototype production phase.
Prototypes are the first instances of products; they are used as benchmarks to test out new designs or features.
Most prototypes are non-functional scale models of the product; mostly used to see if the design is satisfactory or not.
In the old days it was pretty tedious to make prototype parts.
First the part has to be sculpted out of modeling clay so a cast mold can be made.
Only then can a resin cast of the part can be made.
This process usually takes a few days and sometimes months to finish.
But in an industry where every minute counts, this long process can be very costly.
Luckily, laser stereolithography or 3d printing has solved this problem.
With 3d printing you only need to input the object in any CAD program.
Once you have settled on the design the 3d printing machine will then sculpt out the model out of plastic resin, which can immediately be used.
Model-making, which used to take days to finish can now be finished in just mere hours.
In these times where the needs of people are changing at a very fast pace, manufacturers need to keep up.
It is fortunate that the tools used in R and D constantly evolves too.