Feb / 13

What is 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping?

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With the advancement of technology, 3D printing, and rapid prototyping are considered as a revolution in the printing industry.

3D printing and Rapid Prototyping both are additive printing mechanism but there are some differences between these two.

3D printing and Rapid Prototyping are confusing to people to understand because both solutions take STL files and print physical objects. But there are some differences out there.

Here are the major differences between these two printing solutions:

  1. Printing Mechanism

3D printing takes digital 3D objects and print the object using the additive process and make it a physical object.

On the other hand, Rapid Prototyping often known as RP is an application which is used in additive mechanism to make the printing faster and accurate.

So 3D printing and Rapid Prototyping are almost similar but used in different industries according to the need.

  1. Cost

3D printing cost less compared to Rapid Prototyping. Considering the labor cost, raw materials, waste, and maintenance Rapid Prototyping (RP) cost double compared to 3D printing.

So, Rapid Prototyping provides faster and accurate output but it will cost you more than the 3D printing.

  1. Material Support

3D printing has limited material support compared to Rapid Prototyping (RP). 3D printing materials are limited to several materials whereas Rapid Prototyping (RP) provides extensive material support.

  1. Accuracy

This is the main difference between 3D printing and Rapid Prototyping (RP). Both printing solution can provide similar printing objects but in terms of accuracy Rapid Prototyping (RP) provides quality products compared to 3D printing.

  1. Complexity

Rapid Prototyping (RP) is a complex process and it requires more expert people to operate the whole system. But 3D printing is not as complex as Rapid Prototyping (RP).

These are the major differences between 3D printing and Rapid Prototyping (RP).

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