From Idea to Prototype: Rapid Prototyping Techniques - Nottingham Trent University



Physical 3D models and prototypes are still a key part of the product development and innovation process; they are used to help communicate ideas, test proof of concept and understand form and function. This course is for those interested in finding out which technologies are suitable for you or your business, what are the relative merits of these different techniques, and whether you need to buy a machine or if an online bureau service can fulfil your prototyping needs. In today’s world of additive manufacturing/3D printing, CNC machining and other rapid prototyping techniques, it’s now fast and easy to create stunning prototypes with little or no manual craft skills, allowing you to take your ideas to the next level without significant investment. During this course, you will: • see how a simple 3D CAD model is created • learn how this is converted into a laser-cut part and first prototype • explore the benefits and limitations of simple laser-cut parts • learn how to prepare a model for 3D printing • explore the benefits and limitations of 3D printing • see a demonstration of a part being CNC machined and learn about the benefits and limitations of this process • handle samples from different 3D printing technologies, the costs associated and learn where you can obtain 3D printed parts • learn about what you can expect from bureau services • understand key rules for designing for CNC machining and 3D printing • develop a slightly more complex 3D CAD model • create a 3D print of your CAD model. After the course you will have an excellent understanding of how prototyping works in a modern business setting. You’ll leave with the knowledge of the step-by-step processes involved in creating basic 3D CAD models using SolidWorks CAD software and how these models can be brought to life through laser cutting, 3D printing and CNC machining. You will also create your first model. Tutor profile: James Meadwell joined Nottingham Trent University in September 2018 as Senior Research Fellow in Design and helped establish the Design Matter research group which specialises in design, manufacture, consultancy and training. His role is to engage with businesses on their new product development projects, working as hands-on product design engineers, design project managers or independent advisers. James has worked on projects as diverse as award-winning healthcare products, heavy machinery for clients such as Samsung and Alcoa, light framed steel buildings for Redrow and Corus, furniture for clients including John Lewis, and innovative medical devices.

What's included in the price?

3 days of quality tuition with an experienced tutor. Certificate of attendance upon completion. Indicative class size: 12


3 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Evenings
  • Long term / weekly / monthly
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Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, 50 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ