Improving the application level of RP technology is an important aspect to promote the development of RP technology. At present, rapid prototyping technology has been widely used in industrial modeling, machinery manufacturing, aerospace, military, architecture, film and television, home appliances, light industry, medicine, archaeology, culture and art, sculpture, jewelry and other fields. With the development of technology itself, its application field will continue to expand. The practical application of RP technology mainly focuses on the following aspects:
(1) The application of rapid prototyping technology in new product modeling and design establishes a new product development model for the designers and developers of industrial products. The application of RP technology can quickly, directly and accurately transform the design idea into a physical model (sample) with certain functions, which not only shortens the development cycle, but also reduces the development cost, so that the enterprise has an advantage in the fierce market competition.
(2) Application in the field of mechanical manufacturing due to the characteristics of RP technology, it has been widely used in the field of mechanical manufacturing, mostly used to manufacture single or small batch of metal parts. Some special and complex parts can be directly formed by RP technology because they only produce single parts or small batches of less than 50 pieces, with low cost and short cycle.
Traditional mold production time is long and cost is high. The combination of rapid prototyping technology and traditional mold manufacturing technology can greatly shorten the development cycle of mold manufacturing and improve production efficiency, which is an effective way to solve the weak link of mold design and manufacturing. The application of rapid prototyping technology in mold manufacturing can be divided into direct molding and indirect molding. Direct molding refers to the use of RP technology to directly stack production mold. Indirect molding is the production of the first rapid prototyping part, and then part of the mold required for replication.
In recent years, there are many researches on the application of RP technology in the field of medicine. On the basis of medical image data, RP technology is used to make human organ model, which has great application value in surgery.
In the field of culture and art, rapid prototype manufacturing technology is mainly used in art creation, cultural relics reproduction, digital sculpture, etc.
In the field of Aeronautics and Astronautics, aerodynamic ground simulation experiment (wind tunnel experiment) is an essential part in the design of advanced space shuttle system (space shuttle). The model has the characteristics of complex shape, high precision and streamline. RP technology is adopted. According to the CAD model, the solid model is automatically completed by RP device, which can guarantee the quality of the model.
(7) At present, the application of rapid prototyping system in home appliance industry has been promoted and applied to a large extent, which makes many home appliance enterprises in the leading position in the domestic market. Some companies have used rapid prototyping system to develop new products, and achieved good results. Rapid prototyping technology is widely used. It is believed that with the continuous maturity and improvement of rapid prototyping technology, it will be popularized and applied in more and more fields.