What is Rapid Prototyping (RP)? Why Employ Rapid Prototyping?
GPRPC employs rapid prototyping techniques For many people, seeing means believing,
involving the additive fabrication of three- however reading blueprints can create headaches.
dimensional physical models from a computer-aided Is it the right hand view or an isometric view?
design (CAD). For many part geometries, RP Forget those questions and be able to touch the
produces fast and cost effective alternatives to solution for yourself through rapid prototype
realizing conceptual and functional models. technology.
As a customer, you will be able to touch and feel
your design. For models with complex curves,
reading drawings may be confusing. Rapid
Prototyping can reduce these production difficulties
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and costly design guesses.
The Great Plains Rapid Prototyping As a designer, this method offers the ability to
Consortium (GPRPC) can offer you hold a 3-D part made by rapid prototyping that can
many additional company services! be examined for design flaws that are not easy to
spot in a computer model.
GPRPC offers training and consultation on
the rapid prototyping techniques. In As an engineer, there is a need to test and evaluate
addition, videos are available to explain our the design. With rapid prototyping, a test can be
capabilities. performed on several different designs for better
In addition, we provide access to state of design optimization. The time saving is
the art prototyping equipment such as the tremendous! Sample parts can be quickly made for
With rapid prototyping the designer goes straight 3D Systems Viper. This machine creates company use in marketing proposals without a
from the computer design to a physical model. With plastic models by solidifying a liquid significant financial investment.
the shortened lead-time, the design engineer can photopolymer resin with a solid-state laser.
produce several tested designs within the project time Rapid Prototyping offers more accurate and more
constraints. versatile methods of product production and the
Great Plains Rapid Prototyping Consortium offers
the most current and superior prototyping methods
Customer Advantages: available in today’s advanced technological realms.
• Compressed Lead Times Our staff incorporates rapid prototyping
knowledge with industrial experience. Through
• Rapid Product Development
close cooperation with the Department of
• No Production Tooling Costs
Engineering Technology and Management in the
• Access to the latest Advanced Technology College of Engineering at South Dakota State
available to meet your company’s needs University, we have the resources necessary to
• Convenient South Dakota Location solve your prototyping needs.
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Prototyping Partnership Call us to discuss your product SDSU’s
requirements or to schedule a
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provides a collaborative industrial and educational (605) 688-5960
environment for the South Dakota region.
Seven governmental, educational and industrial The Great Plains Rapid Prototyping
organizations joined to form this consortium. Consortium was conceived in 1997 to meet
the advanced technology needs of local
industry and have easy accessibility to these
South Dakota State University’s Polytechnic cost-saving technological machines in the
Center of Excellence, Brookings, SD State of South Dakota and the surrounding
Falcon Plastics, Inc., Brookings, SD areas. By October 2001, the Consortium
formally organized under South Dakota
State University’s Manufacturing
Raven Industries, Sioux Falls, SD Engineering Technology program and
First District Association of Local Governments, became operational.
Larson Manufacturing, Inc., Brookings, SD By choosing to be a sponsor, member or
MTR, Brookings, SD contributor, your company will receive
Daktronics, Inc., Brookings, SD many benefits including:
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Excel Energy • structured fees and services Brookings, SD 57006
South Dakota Board of Regents • cost-effective product
development (605) 688-5960
South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic
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• premium quality and efficient
Technical Advisors: local service “Tooling a part takes a long time,
Vista Technologies, White Bear Lake, MN
even for the most skilled machinist it
**** Jerry Visser, Operations Manager
can take weeks, but with
South Dakota State University Carrie Steinlicht, Program Manager rapid prototyping,
Becky Scholten, Student Technician a design can be created and made
Paul Stein, Student Technician into a physical model within
Rajesh Nagarajan, Graduate Research Asst.
Davender Hooda, Graduate Research Asst. just days, even hours….”
Theresa Jensen, Graduate Research Asst. Jerry Visser, Great Plains
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