'Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.'

Charles Eames

'To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you can control or master.'
Milton Glaser

Rapid Protoyping Techniques

Rapid prototyping (RP) includes a variety of manufacturing technologies, although most utilise layered additive manufacturing. However, other technologies used for RP include high-speed machining, casting, moulding and extruding.


While additive manufacturing is the most common rapid prototyping process, other more conventional processes can also be used to create prototypes.

These processes include:

  • Subtractive - whereby a block of material is carved to produce the desired shape using milling, grinding or turning.
  • Compressive - whereby a semi-solid or liquid material is forced into the desired shape before being solidified, such as with casting, compressive sintering or moulding.

Please review the interactive presentations below to find out more:

Resources for analysis tasks:

Prototyping Method Analysis Chart Templa[...]
Microsoft Word document [13.7 KB]

Further reading links:

Adobe Acrobat document [1.3 MB]
5 IJAERS-FEB-2017-73-Rapid Manufacturing[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [195.2 KB]
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