A prototype is an early sample or model, built to test a concept (or to act as a thing to be replicated or learned from).
The most common material used in 3D printing is plastic and this may not be the most suitable material for every ability aid. In addition, whilst 3D printing is ideal for producing one-off or ad-hoc pieces, it is not economical for volume production.
All of that said, production in other materials or mass producing something that isn’t quite right are both costly – and this is where 3D printing can be used to good effect.
Relatively speaking, 3D printing is quick and inexpensive, so lends itself perfectly to prototyping – allowing a number of iterative improvements to be made and tested before committing resources to production in other materials or in volume.
Please contact us if you’d like discuss your prototyping requirements in more detail.