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.
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.