Advantages and disadvantages of rapid prototyping?

Rapid prototyping is a process where a working model or prototype is developed for the purpose of testing the various product features like design, ideas, features, functionality, performance, and output. This process of development of the working model is quite quick.

Rapid prototyping has manifold advantages.

1. The prototype gives the user a fair idea about the final look of the product.
2. Rapid prototyping can enhance the early visibility. It is easier to find the design flaws in the early developmental stages.
3. Active participation among the users and producer is encouraged by rapid prototyping.
4. As the development costs are reduced, rapid prototyping proves to be cost effective. The user can get a higher output.
5. Rapid prototyping enables development time and costs. There are many innovative ways in which rapid prototyping can be used.

Disadvantages of Rapid Prototyping:

1. Some people are of the opinion that rapid prototyping is not effective because, in actual, it fails in replication of the real product or system.
2. It could so happen that some important developmental steps could be omitted to get a quick and cheap working model.
3. One in which many problems are overlooked resulting in endless rectifications and revisions.
4. It may not be suitable for large sized applications.

I am a user of rapid prototyping service of Iannone3D, which is a New Jersey based Rapid Prototyping and 3D Printing Service Bureau. Before I have no idea but after going through this I got an idea. Anyone have more idea can share here. Thanks.
Asked Sep 04, 2017
Edited Sep 04, 2017
Advantages of rapid prototyping
Using rapid prototyping, you can have your part or product designed and tested in a short timeframe. This allows you to have a full-scale model ready to determine whether it meets your requirement or not.

It has been said repeatedly, but rapid prototyping is the most cost-effective among the forms of prototyping. This is because you are dealing with low volume production and will not spend as much in the final production model.

Disadvantages of rapid prototyping
Insufficient analysis
When the focus is on a limited prototype, it can distract the product developers from doing proper product analysis of the complete project.

User Confusion
If what they see is a rough prototype, they will not understand that it is subject to further finishing or polishing and may perceive that it is the actual performance or appearance of the final product.
Answered Nov 23, 2019

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