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Rapidprototyping

RapidformRCA has an extensive range of rapid prototyping equipment situated in the Darwin building, Kensington. 

Students from all programmes across the College use RapidformRCA for prototypes, low cost 3D printing, 3D scanning and associated software procedures. 

RapidformRCA also works with external partners on academic collaborations, museum projects and support for local enterprise.

Product designers, metalwork, jewellery and textile designers, as well as architectural model-makers and engineers have all accessed the facilities. Rapidform is expanding its facilities and services and welcomes proposals for consultation with our subject specialists or technical advisers. We also welcome collaborations in design research projects.


Available Technologies

Z Corp. 3D Printer

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A binder is printed onto successive layers of plaster powder. Once the part has been built it can then be infiltrated with either Cyanoacrylate (like Superglue) to give strength or epoxy resin. 

  • Positives: Very quick and cheap to use
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Largest model size: 350 x 250 x 200 mm




SLA (Stereolithography Apparatus)


  • SLA works by selectively curing a photosensitive epoxy resin (either clear or white) with an ultra-violet laser – wherever the laser touches the surface of the resin, the resin turns from liquid to solid.

  • Positives: High definition and accuracy – parts are ideally suited to downstream applications such as silicone moulding
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Largest model size: 250 x 250 x 250 mm




Objet™ 'Polymerjet' Resin Models


  • Acrylic resin is laid through nozzle jets and immediately cured by UV light.
  • Positives: Very quick build cycle; flexible or rigid, opaque or translucent materials
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Largest model size: 490 x 390 x 200 mm




SolidScape Wax Printer

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Builds very high resolution wax parts, which are used as masters for investment casting processes.
  • Positives: Very fine resolution in 12 micron layers, direct metal casting from the part with no intermediate steps needed.
  • Largest model size: 150 x 150 x 150 mm

MCor Paper Printer


  • Uses glue to assemble A4 paper into successive layers, forming a solid 3D part. 

  • Positives: Low cost and environmentally friendly process
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Max part size: 256 x 169 x 150 mm.

RapidformRCA Staff

Nick Grace, Business Development Manager
Alastair Hamer
Karleung Wai

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Contact

  • RapidformRCA
    Darwin Building
    Royal College of Art
    London SW7 2EU
    United Kingdom

  • +44 (0)20 7590 4337
    rapidform@rca.ac.uk