Rapid prototyping made easy with 3D scanning and 3D printing

Posted on April 22, 2013 ยท Posted in Rapid Prototyping

The addition of 3D printing facilities to Birmingham Prototypes has seen vast improvements in manufacturing processes in house, but also for our customers who are seeing numerous benefits.

Development time is greatly decreased on a product that has been 3D printed, designers and engineers have improved communication which consequently reduces mistakes in design and reduces the amount of engineering changes. All of this serves to extend a products lifetime by adding in necessary features earlier in the design process.

To support 3D printing processes as well as inspection capacity, BPL has added a 3D scanning facility to the inspection room so that a part with no drawing and no CAD can be scanned for CAD generation and printing. After scanning the part, the CAD data can then be supplied to the customer.