Rapid Prototyping

MERC utilizes three-dimensional printing for providing low-cost, rapid validation of design concepts. The use of a rapid prototyping machine allows customers to visualize, inspect, and in some cases, test-fit an ABS plastic version of components without the costly investment of large quantities of raw materials or machine tooling.

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Scaled models for larger components and assemblies provide proof-of-concept while full-size prototypes allow for form, fit, and sometimes functional checks. These capabilities also serve as an inexpensive method for validating reverse engineering efforts.

  • MERC has provided scaled models of machinery to allow operators the ability to define building layouts and installation plans.
  • Engineers have utilized models provided by MERC to verify component dimensions and interfaces for a fraction of the cost of a fully featured production unit.
  • Complex models with moving parts and interlocking connections have allowed users to convey complex geometric component interactions and geometric constraints that cannot be translated through a presentation slide.
  • MERC has utilized rapid prototype components to verify data established during reverse engineering methods.
  • Components created using the three-dimensional printer at MERC can be used in applications where ABS plastic is a suitable material. MERC has utilized the rapid prototype machine to quickly provide customers fully-functional, inexpensive modules.

View some of MERC’s other mechanical engineering capabilities, or contact us at info@merc-mercer.org for more information.