This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC’s registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726. Prototyping: With the use of CAD and massive amounts of digital simulation software available, it can often seem superfluous to make early appearance models, or even undertake early testing of new designs. But prototyping remains a key factor in product design and development, and additive manufacturing continues to deliver even more agile, faster, concurrent engineering results that are needed in today’s design and engineering world. Rapid prototyping with additive manufacturing has come a long way since the invention of Stereolithography (SLA) in the mid-1980s by 3D Systems’ founder and CTO, Chuck Hull (ultimately my boss). As a key part of the product design and development process, prototypes for fit, form, and function created as early as possible in the design process continue to shorten design times, deliver better products, and reduce product time-to-market. While additive manufacturing (AM) is turning the corner to full production that ca...