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prototype

an early, pre-market, model of a product which is being developed. Small numbers of prototypes of new products are often constructed to aid the process of testing the performance and consumer acceptability of the product prior to deciding whether or not to engage in full-scale commercial production and marketing of the product. See NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT.
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Offers product/part design, prototyping, injection mold design, precision mold building, cleanroom injection molding, cleanroom assembly, surface modification and coating services.
Sure, it's nice to go to someone else's place to play with their rapid prototyping (RP) toys, but wouldn't you rather have your own right there in your metalcasting facility?
There are so many companies out there that want to buy rapid prototyping machines and need access to this technology," Linde continued.
Includes CAD/CAM systems and software, flow and cooling simulation/analysis, and rapid prototyping.
In many ways, we were in rapid prototyping before the term even came out, because we used to have people hand-carve wood patterns for us.
It is believed to be the industry's first register transfer level (RTL) prototyping solution that enables designers to create functional hardware prototypes of their ASIC design at the RTL, prior to ASIC synthesis.
The advantages that rapid prototyping can provide the design-to-cast component process are becoming more readily discovered and benefiting those involved.
Medical Modeling provides rapid prototyping services for the medical industry.
Rapid prototyping (RP) guru and consultant Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers Associates, says sales of RP equipment reversed its downward trend in 2003.
The firm uses rapid prototyping technology to create chemically-bonded sand molds or cores using only CAD data and delivers a finished, fully machined component to its OEM customers.
MINNEAPOLIS -- (Nasdaq:SSYS) Rapid Manufacturing (RM), the technique of creating production-grade parts directly for end-use with rapid prototyping equipment can provide speed and lifetime cost benefits over traditional manufacturing techniques, such as injection molding, for some products.