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Prototyping is used in engineering to test the functionality of a part or device. A prototype is an original type, form, or instance of something serving as a typical example, basis, or standard for other things of the same category.

The most common use of the word prototype is a functional, although experimental, version of a non-military machine (e.g., automobiles, domestic appliances, consumer electronics) whose designers would like to have built by mass production means, as opposed to a mockup, which is an inert representation of a machine's appearance, often made of some non-durable substance.

For those working on more complicated appropriate technology prototyping facilities are sometimes necessary for the more complex components if they are not already available commercially. The following fabrication laboratories might be useful for demonstrating open source technology.

RepRap 3D printers are an extremely inexpensive way to do prototyping for many projects - as the RepRap community has now developed open-source metal 3d printers there are few limitations remaining to use the technology to do most rapid prototyping work.


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