One of the way products can be designed in a cost effective manner is prototyping. Design teams can use this process to design a series of products based on an existing design framework as well as check design details for defects. It also helps to find areas of development or defect as well as find possible improvement areas. It also involves using different materials to develop models such as the use of additive manufacturing process.
Prototyping software applications
The modern prototyping approach is based on software modulations. Whether an additive or subtractive method is used prototype programs make it possible for designs to be carved out or manufactured with different materials. One such method is as good 3D printing with metal. Here sheets or blocks of modeling or adding material are used to create a model. The method of construction is a layer by layer approach. With prototype approach software products can be created as well.
Proof of concept
With prototyping, design process proof of concept is an important step. This helps create new designs or changes in product designs. Prototype models are produced which helps a design team to assess a product design before it moves to final manufacturing. The final manufacturing process could be with an industrial metal 3d printer. In the proof of concept process prototype model designs are scrutinized for any changes required, defects or improvements needed. The proof of concept is also associated with additive manufacturing process. In case of additive prototyping materials are added to a blank slate. Processes to create the final products comprise of methods like direct laser sintering or selective laser sintering for metals as well as stereo-lithography techniques. Usually a CAD software is used to develop the model design after which laser is used to develop the prototype layers. Two additive prototyping processes are three dimensional printing and electron beam melting.
Reduced errors and costs
With software prototyping it leads to a simpler process for design creation as well as costs are reduced. Physical models are produced in a faster and less costly method. Prototype programs help to identify bugs and refine an ongoing product development process. When beta versions are refined then only models are put to production stage. Operational costs are reduced when software programs are used as in prototyping techniques. As a result, such a technique clubbed with additive manufacturing can help to remove errors from design stages and ensure that product production and development stages incur minimal errors. This also ensures reduction of wastes in different industrial processes.