Applications in Design

CAD Model Verification

The initial objective of the designers is the need for the physical part to confirm the design of the CAD system. The parts or products to be designed shall be verified whether or not the esthetic functions of the printed parts are fulfilled.

Visualizing Objects

Models built on CAD systems need to be easily visualized, generated, and sold between designers and other departments. Simple visualization of objects allows all those people in every conversation to refer to the same thing.

Proof of Concept

Proof of concept applies to adaptation, to specific details of the material environment, to esthetic aspects, and to specific details of the design concerning the practical performance of the material.

Applications in Engineering, Analysis, and Planning


Rapid prototyping technologies allow simple scaling down (or up) the size of the model by scaling the original CAD model. In the case of designs with different holding capacities, the designer can simply scale the CAD model to the desired capacity and display the renderings on the CAD program.

Form and Fit

Sizes, volumes, and forms must be considered from an asthetic and functional point of view. How a part fits into a design and its environment are important aspects that need to be addressed. The model will be used to determine how it meets both the visual and functional requirements. Form and fit models are used in the automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, and appliances industries.

Flow Analysis

The designs of products that influence by air or fluid flow cannot be easily changed if they are manufactured by conventional manufacturing methods. The original 3D concept data can be stored in a virtual model and any adjustment in object data based on different tests can be made with virtual help. Flow analyses are necessary for products manufactured in the aerospace, automotive, biomedical, and shipbuilding industries.

Pre-Production Parts

In cases where mass-production is implemented after the design of the prototype has been tested and validated, pilot-production runs of ten or more parts are typical. Pilot-production parts are used to validate the design and specifications of the tooling. Many of the rapid prototyping methods are capable of producing pilot parts quickly, thus helping to shorten the process development time and thus accelerate the overall time-to-market process.

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