Rapid prototyping: a 3d visualization tool takes on sculpture and mathematical forms

@article{Squin2005RapidPA,
  title={Rapid prototyping: a 3d visualization tool takes on sculpture and mathematical forms},
  author={Carlo H. S{\'e}quin},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
  year={2005},
  volume={48},
  pages={66-73}
}
Many technical and scientific objects are far too complex to be properly understood through pictures. 3D representations that can be touched and physically manipulated by the observer convey information not obtainable from 2D projections. Thanks to some emerging affordable rapid prototyping (RP) technologies, such models are beginning to find a role in design, science, and manufacturing. RP is already firmly established in the automotive industry and among designers of consumer products… 

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