This paper examines the development of rapid prototyping and how it affects industrial design students. Using a
combination of survey and interview sessions the researcher studied how the development of these technologies
affected the creative processes that designers use to develop new products, and whether this has had a positive or
negative effect. The results show that the reduction in cost, increase in speed, and increase in dimensional accuracy has
influenced many students to look to rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing to produce prototypes, despite
production costs still being relatively high. This has led to designers prioritising certain areas of the design process over
others, yet to what extent and to what consequences remains to be seen.