Rapid Prototyping

RapidFormRCA has an exceptionally wide range of high-end additive layer technology used by RCA students for rapid prototyping, 3d scanning and software processes.

We also work with external partners on academic collaborations, museum projects and projects 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. The department has haptic devices for digital sculpting , hand-held laser scanners with scan registering and clean-up software, as well as other technologies outlined below.

Available Technologies

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

RapidFormRCA Staff

Nick Grace, Business Development Manager
Alastair Hamer
Karleung Wai

Contact RapidformRCA

To discuss your requirements, please telephone:

Nick Grace, Business Development Manager, or Alistair Hamer, Technical Support

+44 (0)20 7590 4337


+44 (0)20 7590 4337