Rapid Prototyping (RP), including 3D printing, is a method of producing models directly from a computer-aided design (CAD) program. It uses a computer-driven, additive process to print solid three-dimensional models one layer at a time.
ARC manages three RP machines available for students, faculty, and staff: Dimension SST 1200es, Objet260 Connex, and the Markforged Mark Two. These machines are meant to be used for parts that cannot be easily purchased or produced using other on-campus resources. For more information on using the RP machines, read the rapid prototyping guidelines and visit the WPI Rapid Prototype Machine Sharepoint site.