Rapid Prototyping (RP) technologies (including those colloquially refereed to as 3D printing) include methods of producing models directly from a computer-aided design (CAD) program. These technologies use a computer-driven, additive process to print solid three-dimensional models one layer at a time.
ARC manages advanced RP machines available for students, faculty, and staff. These machines are meant for parts that cannot be easily purchased or produced using other on-campus resources. For more information on using the advanced RP machines, read the rapid prototyping guidelines and visit the WPI Rapid Prototype Machine Sharepoint site.