Rapid prototyping cater for two main applications – concept modeling and functional prototyping, allowing for accelerated and efficient evaluation of fit, form and functional design ideas before production.
Ceramics are generally brittle and difficult to machine. In addition, traditionally made ceramics generally come in simple shapes, which restricts the design and performance optimization.
With concept modeling, adjustments can be made as required, and would be costly to rectify after mass production commences.
Prototyping helps to test your product ideas and optimize performance before committing to production. With 3D printing, product benefits can be conveyed with concept modeling. Improvements can be incorporated at the design phase, with costly failures getting filtered out before marketing.