Since rapid prototype machines were introduced in the 1980s, the meaning of the word "rapid" has been somewhat relative. Creating a 3D prototype model from 3D or other digital data can take days, if not weeks depending on the type of rapid prototyping machine used.
Z Corporation 3D printers make rapid tooling and prototyping truly fast, bringing the benefits of rapid prototyping to prototype manufacturers and companies seeking to bring this capability in-house. These rapid prototype machines, which include the entry-level ZPrinter 310 Plus, the automated ZPrinter 450, and the top-of-the-line Spectrum Z510 are fast and versatile, allowing engineers and product designers to make their vision a reality in a fraction of the time and cost of other rapid prototype machines.
With Z Corporation's inkjet 3DP (three-dimensional printing) system, those engaged in rapid product development and rapid prototyping and manufacturing applications can discuss a project in the morning and see an actual 3D scale model in the afternoon. No other rapid prototype machine builds parts as fast.
Z Corporation's 3D rapid prototype machines are fast and cost-effective enough for design engineers to build multiple prototypes throughout the concept modeling and testing stages of development. In the past many companies could afford to make only one prototype just prior to tooling investments.