CNC/Rapid Prototyping Resources

This page offers a range of companies and online resources that describe facilities and technical issues surrounding CNC/Rapid Prototyping. Some of these are based in the South East region and others are online resources. This resources page is intended to grow as practitioners and resources ask us to make links.

Various other universities in the region provide Rapid Prototyping facilities such as University of Portsmouth and University of Plymouth and details will be supplied as they become available. Many artists and designers are beginning to use Rapid Prototyping in their work such as John Sharp, Jane Prophet at CARTE, and James Coupe and Hedley Roberts who work in partnership. You are invited to add your own suggestions to this resource by sending an e-mail to or by joining the forum in the contribute section of the website.

The Centre for Rapid Design and Manufacture at Buckingham Chilterns University College, High Wycombe, offers range of Rapid Prototyping & Tooling and moulding services

A Newbury-based company specialising in the supply of functional and aesthetic prototypes using Selective Laser Sintering technology.

Search over two million companies providing industrial products/services world-wide and with specific country searches. A search for CNC in the UK returns seventy-nine companies.

Castle Island’s Worldwide Guide to Rapid Prototyping
Good tutorial and glossary

The International Sculpture Centre in Hamilton, New Jersey – has a computer section on its Technical Resources page.

International Rapid prototyping sculpture exhibition

Good links especially technical info on software and CNC machines

The whole RP family tree by Henri Koukka, Helsinki University of Technology. Comprehensive list of RP technologies, some of which are still in the research stage.

Comprehensive links relating to Rapid Prototyping.

An American company selling the equipment required for scanning, modelling and milling. Good links to companies world wide.

A discussion forum for Rapid Prototyping.

A consulting firm in the U.S. that provides technical, marketing, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in product design, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, rapid tooling, and rapid manufacturing.

Rapid prototyping at the Learning Factory – a good starting point for beginners.

Software for building

3DS Max
LightWave 3D

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