Rapid Prototyping is the next step in creating a real piece of sculpture from a digital file. By adding or subtracting material, a physical three-dimensional “print” can be created with rapid prototyping technologies. “Additive systems” use a combination of media (i.e., resin, wax, sugar, paper, or starch) and lasers to slowly “build” an object, layer by layer, in a process known as stereo lithography. “Automated subtractive” prototyping uses a CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) mill to carve-out an object from a billet of material (i.e., aluminum, plastic, wax, clay, foam, wood, etc.) The digital information gathered by scanning or developed with digital tools, renders the final piece and is transferred from the computer to the “printing” device. There are advantages and disadvantages to both the additive and the subtractive methods. The system to be used will depend on the product’s form, function, schedule, and required quality. The ASaP Sculptors will assess your sculpt and decide which process work best for your project.