Wlecome to the AUT Rapid Prototyping Lab
Rapid Prototyping (or 3D printing) is a technology that allows for the creation of complex 3 dimensional prototypes in very short times. This allows product concepts to be rapidly tested from an aesthetics, ergonomics or engineering point of view. It allows ideas to be trialled before committing major costs to going into production, and allows several faster iterations of the product development process before a design is finalized. The AUT Rapid Prototyping Lab can produce parts in a variety of materials including plastic, plaster and aluminium.
The AUT Rapid Prototyping Lab is also researching new additive manufacturing technologies, and developing methods to make most effective use of the available technologies to produce complete product prototypes in very short times.