Rapid Prototyping

Here at Eagle Labs, we're proud of our maker heritage and how we've helped businesses develop using the very latest technology combined with our outstanding talent.

A brief history of 3D printing;

3D printing can be traced back to the invention of the inkjet printer in the 1970's. The world's first SLA  3D printer was developed in the 1980's. Allowing designers to develop components previously impossible to manufacture. Fast forward a decade and surgeons in America have developed the ability to 3D print scaffolding for organs to be grown for transplant.

During 2005, Dr Adrian Bowyer the University of Bath founds RepRap an open source initiative to develop 3D printers that can be largely replicated using 3D printed components. By 2009 the project saw their first successful release of the RepRap Darwin. fast forward to 2016 and the technology has been refined so much that reliable machines can be purchased for less than £2,000 and are commonly smaller than your average home printer. 

A brief history of laser cutting;

Western Electric are credited with producing the first commercial laser cutting machine in 1965. in the decade following their first machine developments were significant in the field of laser cutting, by 1975 commercial moving optic machines, following the now conventional design were emerging on the market. 41 years later in 2016 highly versatile and powerful machines can be purchased for less than £30,000.

The effect of rapid prototyping on industry

Recently Bose suggested that up to 90% of its products had been directly influenced by testing and developing using rapid production methods. Sam Altman, President of the most prestigious incubator in the world, Y Combinator was recently quoted as saying. "All the reasons that have made software so successful are beginning to happen with hardware. So much can be done so quickly, prototyped so rapidly, and the costs are so low. "

How can we help you?

Since opening our first location in late 2015 we have helped numerous businesses develop their products. From placemats and clothing to drain pipes and exciting new sports. Our labs have seen it all, very often we can't tell you all about it as our projects are commercially sensitive.

Our labs feature 3D printers, laser cutters, world class makers with many years experience of solving problems and using the very latest technology. It is possible to walk into one of our centres with an idea at 09:00am and walk out the door at 17:00pm with a working prototype.

If you've got a bright idea and don't know where to take it, or you need a proof of concept model, get in touch with us and we'll do our best to help you realise your potential using the very latest kit. 

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