Rapid Prototyping Methodologies for Commercial Application

Step into the future of product development

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Reimagine Product Development With Rapid Prototyping

Consider how your company brings a product to market. Then imagine if you could make the process more efficient and less expensive. Rapid prototyping allows you to do just that. By quickly transforming ideas into hyperrealistic models, you can fine-tune physical products to customer requirements and create efficiencies that yield an enduring competitive advantage.

This program provides a comprehensive introduction to the applications of rapid prototyping technology, giving you the knowledge to answer questions such as:

How do I develop a prototype that emulates the look, feel, and function of a desired product?

How do I identify the most efficient manufacturing process?

How can rapid prototyping help me decrease costs, improve quality, and innovate for the future?

The Value of Rapid Prototyping

From Months to Weeks

Potential reduction in design-to-production timeline

SOURCE: XOMETRY

2–10X



Potential cost savings for prototypes

SOURCE: XOMETRY

Key Takeaways

  • Learn rapid prototyping fundamentals and the various techniques for developing prototypes
  • Discover how rapid prototyping can increase agility in design and manufacturing
  • Understand how to map desired product attributes to concept prototype attributes
  • Analyze the benefits and drawbacks of serial and parallel fabrication processes
  • Learn how to make fabrication decisions that 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
  • Discover the future trends and technologies used to enhance rapid prototyping

Program Highlights

  • Learn the applications of rapid prototyping technology by exploring the development of MIT’s Project Manus (COVID-19) face shield, designed by Professor Martin Culpepper, program leader and an expert in the field, and a team of his colleagues
  • Analyze, assess, and apply your learnings in a capstone project as you work on a prototype
  • Benefit from a live faculty session and weekly office hours with learning facilitators

Who Is This Program For?

Product managers and designers seeking to make design and fabrication decisions that will lead to more efficient product development

Business leaders and functional heads interested in using prototyping to refine product concepts and optimize resource allocation

Product engineers responsible for exploring, revising, and validating prototype concepts

Program Experience

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Capstone project

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Case studies

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Assignments

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Discussions

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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

Learn the essentials of rapid prototyping and understand the benefits it brings to the engineering design process.

Module 2:

Concept Prototype Attribute Mapping

Discover the importance of developing a concept prototype (CP), including estimating costs and identifying design errors.

Module 3:

Common “Go-To” Rapid Prototyping Technologies

Explore the characteristics of different manufacturing processes, and understand the benefits and drawbacks of various types of fabrication.

Module 4:

Traditional Fabrication Processes

Dive deeper into parallel fabrication, and learn to select the best process for a given scenario.

Module 5:

Smart Design, Fabrication, and Performance Assessment Decisions

Explore the fundamentals of creating a prototyping plan and learn to make strategic decisions for rapid prototyping.

Module 6:

Designing Concept Prototypes (CP) that Emulate Desired Products (DP)

Learn to develop a hypothesis for an idea, perform a concept test, and analyze the results.

Module 7:

Assessing the Cost and Value of Rapid Prototyping

Discover how to leverage rapid prototyping to reduce costs and improve quality.

Module 8:

The Future of Manufacturing

Examine the future of machine learning in the context of rapid prototyping, and discover the importance of rapid prototyping in medical research, health, and welfare. Then, see how 3D printing is used in the rapid prototype manufacturing process.

Module 1:

The Rapid Prototyping Landscape

Learn the essentials of rapid prototyping and understand the benefits it brings to the engineering design process.

Module 5:

Smart Design, Fabrication, and Performance Assessment Decisions

Explore the fundamentals of creating a prototyping plan and learn to make strategic decisions for rapid prototyping.

Module 2:

Concept Prototype Attribute Mapping

Discover the importance of developing a concept prototype (CP), including estimating costs and identifying design errors.

Module 6:

Designing Concept Prototypes (CP) that Emulate Desired Products (DP)

Learn to develop a hypothesis for an idea, perform a concept test, and analyze the results.

Module 3:

Common “Go-To” Rapid Prototyping Technologies

Explore the characteristics of different manufacturing processes, and understand the benefits and drawbacks of various types of fabrication.

Module 7:

Assessing the Cost and Value of Rapid Prototyping

Discover how to leverage rapid prototyping to reduce costs and improve quality.

Module 4:

Traditional Fabrication Processes

Dive deeper into parallel fabrication, and learn to select the best process for a given scenario.

Module 8:

The Future of Manufacturing

Examine the future of machine learning in the context of rapid prototyping, and discover the importance of rapid prototyping in medical research, health, and welfare. Then, see how 3D printing is used in the rapid prototype manufacturing process.

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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