CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering

2014 Edition
| Editors: The International Academy for Production Engineering, Luc Laperrière, Gunther Reinhart


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Prototyping aims at engendering an early copy of a new product, manufactured in a provisional or definitive material, to evaluate its performances and improve its features before beginning actual production.

Theory and Application

As Fig. 1 shows, Prototyping is a crucial activity performed during the development of a new product.
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Politecnico di BariBariItaly