Rapid manufacturing

Customised interfaces and rapid manufacturing (RM) are a recent addition to the options available to a product designer. Previously used for rapid prototyping, the industry has evolved to such a level that rapid manufacturing in polymers and sintered metals are already used to tailor high-end products to a customer’s preference. They can also be used to tailor garments to individuals.  Examples include:

  • Switch or control interfaces
  • Orthotic supports and grips.

High-end refers to the high cost and high value of the product. RM components can cost-effectively provide customised physical interfaces for more severely physically impaired individuals that link with standardised components within the product assembly. Examples include seating through to a geared drive train or a wheelchair chassis.

Useful links

Diegel, O., Nordin, A. and Motte, D., 2019. A Practical Guide to Design for Additive Manufacturing. Springer Singapore.