Rapid Prototyping Methodologies for Commercial Application

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January 18, 2023

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8 weeks, online
4–6 hours per week

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A Thorough Introduction to Rapid Prototyping Methodologies for Commercial Application

Rapid prototyping allows businesses to quickly transform their ideas into hyperrealistic models. When one utilizes rapid prototyping, products can move down the sales funnel faster and reach stakeholders and investors without hesitation. This process has already demonstrated high growth rates of over 25% from only five years ago. The future of rapid prototyping is absolute growth and implementation into all niches and businesses.

MIT xPRO introduces Rapid Prototyping Methodologies for Commercial Application, an online program that offers a thorough introduction to rapid prototyping technology and its range of uses. It offers an in-depth analysis of the techniques that enable the best application of rapid prototyping technology in design and production across different industries.

Why Is Rapid Prototyping Relevant Today?

USD 1,511.2 million

The amount predicted for rapid prototyping service market growth at 16.7%

Source: Market Watch

7.10%

Annual growth rate of the medical devices industry, a leader in employing rapid prototyping

Source: Statista

22%

Annual growth rate of additive manufacturing industry as of 2020

Source: McKinsey

The MIT xPRO Rapid Prototyping Methodologies for Commercial Application program imparts an intimate knowledge of product performance, fewer design iterations, and enhanced early understanding of scaling and manufacturability issues. MIT developed the plastic face shield during COVID-19, which became an integral part of PPE suits. The program faculty, Martin Culpepper, professor of mechanical engineering and director of Project Manus, a research and development office dedicated to helping create and expand access to technology, led this mass production process with his expertise in rapid prototyping and 3D cutting and printing. “Our technique combines low-cost materials with high-rate manufacturing,” said Culpepper when the face shields went into mass production. This applies to prototyping as a whole.

Key Takeaways

  • Identify rapid prototyping fundamentals and the various techniques for developing the prototypes
  • Recognize how rapid prototyping can increase agility in design and manufacturing
  • Understand the mapping strategies of desired product attributes and concept prototype attributes
  • Analyze the benefits and drawbacks of serial and parallel fabrication processes to develop a rapid prototype
  • Make fabrication decisions to define strategies for creating and assessing the effectiveness of a prototype
  • Assess data gathered from concept prototypes to make smart decisions on developing your desired product
  • Identify how to assess and optimize the cost value of a rapid prototype
  • Determine the future trends and technologies used to enhance rapid prototyping

Why This Program

  • You will learn from the leading expert of rapid prototyping, MIT Professor Martin Culpepper
  • The final module features four guest speakers who teach at MIT and will share insights on the application of rapid prototyping in healthcare, medical devices, research and development, and others
  • There is one live session by the faculty and weekly office hours with learning facilitators
  • Every module uses MIT’s Project Manus (COVID-19) face shield to explain the application of rapid prototyping technology
  • Program experience includes recorded demonstration videos about the prototyping process
  • Capstone project — Module 5 onwards will apply the learnings of the program

Who Is This Program For?

Early to mid-career engineers who want to:
  • Learn different techniques and strategies that enable best use of rapid prototyping technologies
  • Tinker with, explore, and validate prototyping concepts

Product managers/designers who want to:
  • Identify how, when, and where rapid prototyping can create value across the entire product life cycle
  • Learn frameworks and models to make smart design and fabrication decisions that can yield better prototypes

Mid- to senior product managers who want to:
  • Develop a cutting-edge perspective on the use of rapid prototyping technology
  • Work with their organization to help refine their concepts and ideas into a scope that can be rapidly produced as a prototype that they can see and use to guide investments

Why Should You Do This Program?

Program highlights
  • Earn a certificate and four Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from MIT xPRO
  • Insights and case studies from renowned MIT faculty
  • A great foundation toward a career in rapid prototyping for product development
  • A capstone project where participants will analyze, assess, and apply their learning on prototypes

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  • Personalized feedback, support, and network development
  • Live weekly office hours with learning facilitators followed by a Q&A

Program Experience

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Capstone project

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Case studies

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Assignments

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Discussion

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Interactive try-it activities

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Workbook activities

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Polls and quizzes

Program Curriculum

Module 1:

The Rapid Prototyping Landscape, where you will discuss what rapid prototyping means to you and define the goals that need to be achieved through a rapid prototype

Module 2:

Concept Prototype Attribute Mapping for understanding the benefits of developing a concept prototype (CP)

Module 3:

Common “Go-To” Rapid Prototyping Technologies to identify the characteristics of manufacturing processes — serial and parallel fabrication processes. You will compare different serial fabrication processes to determine the most cost-effective and time-saving process and list the benefits and drawbacks of using various types of fabrication

Module 4:

Traditional Fabrication Processes to compare the different parallel fabrication processes, such as the serial and parallel fabrication processes, to determine the most cost-effective and time-saving process in a given scenario. You will also list the benefits and drawbacks of using various types of fabrication

Module 5:

Smart Design, Fabrication, and Performance Assessment Decisions to illustrate the general framework for creating a basic prototyping plan

Module 6:

Designing Concept Prototypes (CP) That Emulate Desired Products (DP) to develop a hypothesis for a desired product

Module 7:

Assessing the Cost and Value of Rapid Prototyping to identify how rapid prototyping can be leveraged to reduce cost and increase quality. You will learn to calculate the technical cost of a rapid prototype and recognize how to optimize the cost-value of a rapid prototype

Module 8:

The Future of Manufacturing to identify the future of machine learning in the designing and modeling of rapid prototyping. You will recognize the role of rapid prototyping in medical research and development and understand how it can be used to enable advances for human health and welfare. You will also identify how RD printing is used in the rapid prototype manufacturing process

Module 1:

The Rapid Prototyping Landscape, where you will discuss what rapid prototyping means to you and define the goals that need to be achieved through a rapid prototype

Module 5:

Smart Design, Fabrication, and Performance Assessment Decisions to illustrate the general framework for creating a basic prototyping plan

Module 2:

Concept Prototype Attribute Mapping for understanding the benefits of developing a concept prototype (CP)

Module 6:

Designing Concept Prototypes (CP) That Emulate Desired Products (DP) to develop a hypothesis for a desired product

Module 3:

Common “Go-To” Rapid Prototyping Technologies to identify the characteristics of manufacturing processes — serial and parallel fabrication processes. You will compare different serial fabrication processes to determine the most cost-effective and time-saving process and list the benefits and drawbacks of using various types of fabrication

Module 7:

Assessing the Cost and Value of Rapid Prototyping to identify how rapid prototyping can be leveraged to reduce cost and increase quality. You will learn to calculate the technical cost of a rapid prototype and recognize how to optimize the cost-value of a rapid prototype

Module 4:

Traditional Fabrication Processes to compare the different parallel fabrication processes, such as the serial and parallel fabrication processes, to determine the most cost-effective and time-saving process in a given scenario. You will also list the benefits and drawbacks of using various types of fabrication

Module 8:

The Future of Manufacturing to identify the future of machine learning in the designing and modeling of rapid prototyping. You will recognize the role of rapid prototyping in medical research and development and understand how it can be used to enable advances for human health and welfare. You will also identify how RD printing is used in the rapid prototype manufacturing process

Capstone Project

Modules 5–8 will feature a capstone assignment, where participants will analyze, assess, and apply their learning on prototypes with two options to work on: the face shield and the beam steering gyroscope for a satellite. Each assignment will be Level 3 graded and will have custom feedback from the faculty. To understand the capstone project in detail, download the brochure.

Faculty

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Martin Culpepper

Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT

Professor Culpepper’s research concentrates on the invention, design, and fabrication of high-performance machine systems. He focuses on inventing new technologies in areas wherein conventional technology is insufficient or impracticable, in addition to advances.. More info

Guest Speakers

Guest speakers comment on their career paths, advice for entry-level learners, various prototyping issues, and themes that arise in their professional roles.

Faculty Member

Faez Ahmad

Assistant Professor, MIT

Faculty Member Elazer Edelman

Elazer Edelman

Director, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, MIT, Edward J. Poitras Professor in Medical Engineering and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Senior Attending Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Faculty Member

Amos Winter

Ratan N. Tata Career Development Professor; Associate Professor

Faculty Member John Hart

John Hart

Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director, Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP); MechE Maker Czar

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Certificate

Get recognized! Upon successful completion of this program, MIT xPRO grants a certificate of completion to participants and 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). This program is graded as a pass or fail; participants must receive 75% to pass and obtain the certificate of completion.

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Note: After successful completion of the program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you, at no additional cost, with the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of MIT.

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