Paper-Based Rapid Prototyping
Paper-Based Rapid Prototyping is a process that mimics handmade models using technology. Instead of doing rapid prototyping of a drawing you have done by hand, this process allows you to use your drawing by scanning it into the computer and printing a physical model of your ideas three-dimensionally out of sheets of paper. To begin this process the machine uses a software that takes a drawing or your scan and begins to break it up into layers of the thickness of paper to see how many will be used. After it is finished it is sent to the printer which it will then begin to print layer by layer taking several hours. This is a easy process and can produce realistic prototypes. Due to using only paper and water as the adhesive, the prototypes can be recycled making it cost-effective and eco-friendly.