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rapid prototyping[¦rap·əd ′prōd·ə‚tīp·iŋ]
A modeling process used in product design in which a CAD drawing of a part is processed to create a file of the part in slices, and then a part is built by depositing layer (slice) upon layer of material; includes stereolithography, selective laser sintering, or fused deposition modeling.
The creation of a working model of a software module to demonstrate the feasibility of the function. The prototype is later refined for inclusion in a final product.