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 and 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.
Z Corp. 3D Printer
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
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
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
Largest model size: 490 x 390 x 200 mm
SolidScape Wax Printer
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
Max part size: 256 x 169 x 150 mm.
Nick Grace, Business Development Manager
Royal College of Art
London SW7 2EU
+44 (0)20 7590 4337