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Who Has Used A Rapid Prototyping Machine?


7 members have voted

  1. 1. Are you a student, freelance or professional designer?

    • Student
    • Freelance
    • Professional in a small studio
    • Professional in a large studio
  2. 2. If you have used a rapid prototyping machine, which type of machines have you used?

    • Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
    • Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM)
    • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
    • Stereolitography (SLA)
    • Electron Beam Melting (EBM)
  3. 3. How often would you use a rapid prototyping machine?

    • Never
    • Once or twice a year
    • Once or twice a month
    • Every week
    • Every day
  4. 4. How interested are in using rapid prototyping machines as part of your design process?

    • Not at all interested
    • Somewhat interested
    • Quite interested
    • Extremely interested
  5. 5. What do you see as the major problems with current rapid prototyping machines?

    • Machine cost
    • Materials cost
    • Ease of use
    • Maintenance
    • Limited functionality of prototypes
  6. 6. And finally, would you ever consider buying a lost cost RP machine such as a MakerBot or RepRap?

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Hi folks,


My name is Paul and at the moment for my final year project I am developing a new form of rapid prototyping machine, with the aim being to give student and young professional designers alike easier access to rapid prototyping technology.


I am currently trying to gauge the percentage of design students and young proffesionals who have actually used these machines, knowing from my own personal circumstances that we use these machines very rarely.

I have tried to give the poll as much scope as possible for people to explain their personal circumstances, but if there is anything further which you would like to add then please leave a comment below.


Any input would be greatly appreciated :)


Paul Whelan | Codarsnacht Design

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