Even though the indirect prototyping process in itself is not a 3D printing process, the use of 3D printers can be very beneficial in quickly creating the necessary components. Additive manufacturing can easily create master forms as a positive mold, that can them be used indirectly to create a prototype through techniques such as vacuum forming and sheet lamination. The most common examples of this are thermoforming and carbon fiber or fiberglass lamination.
In this workshop we will explain the principles of how additive manufacturing can be used to perform indirect prototyping. Guidelines for creating appropriate molds will be presented as well as what tools and materials are necessary to complete the process.
Participants that have completed this workshop will fulfill the prerequisite to take part in the prototyping lab project for indirect prototyping.
Throughout the semester, independent projects can be built in the campus rapid prototyping lab with the use of large format 3D printers, soldering irons, lathes, milling machines, welders and much more.
For more information please visit www.saxeed.net/rapid-prototyping