3-D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, and Digital Fabrication
As you may know, the Rhino development project started nearly 20 years ago to provide marine designers with tools for building computer models that could be used to drive the digitally controlled fabrication equipment in the shipyards.
We continue to focus on the fact that designs are only useful once they are built and in the hands of the user. Now with the cost of digital fabrication and 3-D printing technology dropping quickly, more and more designers have direct access to 3-D digital fabrication equipment.
While we are not experts on all the many fabrication, manufacturing, or construction processes, we do focus on making sure that Rhino models can be accurate enough for and accessible to all the processes in a design becoming reality.
Communities where the experts gather
While we are not the experts, we can help you find them. Here are a few great places to start:
- RhinoFabLab - Find experts in many different digital fabrication technologies as well as certified RhinoFabLabs that are equipped to provide training and consulting on many different digital fabrication tools and technologies.
- Generative Jewelry Design - Find many experts in digital jewelry fabrication, especially those who are using generative algorithms to explore new shapes.
- Generative Furniture Design - Find many experts in digital furniture fabrication, especially those who are using generative algorithms to explore new shapes.
Third-party fabrication plug-ins, hardware, and services
Specialty third-party plug-in and hardware developers and service providers are constantly introducing new innovative 3-D fabrication tools. Hardware prices are dropping very fast. Here are ones we know about:
If you are a third-party plug-in, hardware, or service provider, and your product is not listed above, please post the details here...