Already on ArticleSlash?

Forgot your password? Sign Up

Prototype Disadvantages and Rapid Prototyping Disadvantages


Visitors: 610

Rapid prototyping is a process wherein a working model or prototype is developed for the purpose of testing the various product features like design, ideas, features, functionality, performance and output. This process of development of working model is quite quick. The user can give an early feedback regarding the prototype. Rapid prototyping is, generally, a significant and essential part of the system designing process and it is believed to decrease the project cost and risk.

The prototype that is developed by the process of rapid prototyping is based on the performance of earlier designs. Hence, it is possible to correct the defects or problems in the design by taking corrective measures. The product can be produced if the prototype meets the requirements of all designing objectives after sufficient refinement. There are many advantages of rapid prototyping.

Rapid Prototyping -Advantages in brief: Rapid prototyping has manifold advantages. It can provide with concept proof that would be required for attracting funds. The prototype gives the user a fair idea about the final look of the product. Rapid prototyping can enhance the early visibility. It is easier to find the design flaws in the early developmental stages. Active participation among the users and producer is encouraged by rapid prototyping. As the development costs are reduced, rapid prototyping proves to be cost effective. The user can get a higher output.

The deficiencies in the earlier prototypes can be detected and rectified in time. The speed of system development is increased. It is possible to get immediate feedback from the user. There is better communication between the user and designer as the requirement sand expectations are expressed in the beginning itself. High quality product is easily delivered by way of rapid prototyping. Rapid prototyping enables development time and costs. There are many innovative ways in which rapid prototyping can be used.

Despite all these benefits, there are many people who believe that there are many disadvantages of rapid prototyping.

Disadvantages of Rapid Prototyping: Some people are of the opinion that rapid prototyping is not effective because, in actual, it fails in replication of the real product or system. It could so happen that some important developmental steps could be omitted to get a quick and cheap working model. This can be one of the greatest disadvantages of rapid prototyping. Another disadvantage of rapid prototyping is one in which many problems are overlooked resulting in endless rectifications and revisions. One more disadvantage of rapid prototyping is that it may not be suitable for large sized applications.

The user may have very high expectations about the prototype's performance and the designer is unable to deliver these. The system could be left unfinished due to various reasons or the system may be implemented before it is completely ready. The producer may produce an inadequate system that is unable to meet the overall demands of the organization. Too much involvement of the user might hamper the optimization of the program. The producer may be too attached to the program of rapid prototyping, thus it may lead to legal involvement.

The cost reduction benefit of rapid prototyping also seems to be debatable, as sufficient details regarding the calculation basis and assumptions are not substantial.

Go to Prototype Zone to get your free ebook on Prototyping at Prototyping . Prototype Zone also has Rapid Prototyping Forum, Prototype Manufacturing Blog and other information on Prototype Information and daily news. You can Find Prototype Zone at


Article Source:

Rate this Article: 
How to Find the Right Service Provider For Rapid Prototyping
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes

Related Articles:

Prototype Machining History and Rapid Prototyping Assembly History

by: Ryan Rounds (June 16, 2008) 
(Computers and Technology/Software)

Introduction to Rapid Prototyping and Types of Rapid Prototyping

by: Jon T Smith (July 20, 2008) 
(Computers and Technology)

3D Rapid Prototyping Overseas and Global Prototyping Discussed

by: Ryan Rounds (June 18, 2008) 
(Business/International Business)

Benefits of Rapid Prototyping

by: Low Jeremy (May 14, 2007) 
(Computers and Technology)

What You Need to Know About Rapid Prototyping Systems

by: Low Jeremy (June 11, 2007) 
(Computers and Technology)

The Benefits Of Rapid Prototyping

by: Low Jeremy (June 02, 2007) 
(Computers and Technology)

Rapid Prototyping Building Materials

by: Low Jeremy (May 30, 2007) 
(Computers and Technology)

Benefits of Rapid Prototyping and 3D Printers

by: Jon T Smith (June 26, 2008) 
(Computers and Technology/Hardware)

Rapid Prototyping in the Medical Industry

by: Low Jeremy (May 31, 2007) 
(Computers and Technology)

How to Find the Right Service Provider For Rapid Prototyping

by: Jon T Smith (August 17, 2008) 
(Computers and Technology/Personal Tech)