The field of Rapid Prototyping encompasses its various generative processes, intermeshing or combinable process chains, and correct CAD data. The virtual model – along with a watertight geometrical structure – is to be calibrated for its later purpose and the chosen production method. The experiences gained in manual model making and experiments with materials concerning solidity, plasticity and so on are advantageous in this process. A further focus is placed on the rapid development of new additive manufacturing techniques and their impact on (industrial) production processes. Similar to the changes brought to many a working environment by PCs and the Internet, additive forms of production will increasingly change the field of product design. Methodically sound generative processes as well as those currently being developed facilitate new production strategies, variations and forms. Formal product constraints attributable to tools are increasingly disappearing in some sections, which opens up new market segments. In particular in the area of personalized, individual products, in low-volume production and in arts and crafts, these provide a large number of possibilities and a vast potential for growth. The designer as producer or publisher would be just one consequence that currently seems achievable. Of course, the mere availability of new technologies does not justify their compulsory use; still, these new processes contain a great force for change. It remains to be seen to what extent this development can be steered and positively influenced from a design perspective. Individual intensive examination of and interaction with new technologies is certainly a prerequisite in this context. Cooperation with one of the major prototype makers, a first for the course in the winter semester of 2014/15, provides an excellent opportunity for our students to obtain insights into this segment. Here, they will be able to gain their first experiences in direct contact with procedures and requirements of these production processes.
Basic course, 3rd semester