Rapid Prototyping is the efficient deployment of your model-based systems engineering (MBSE) assets to hardware that has physical interfaces with the real world. Rapid Prototyping enables your team to quickly test developmental control models with real-world systems or simulations without creating application specific embedded hardware. Rapid Prototyping platforms often include built-in I/O and communication software stacks to simplify connecting your control model variables with real inputs and outputs.
The use of rapid prototyping hardware saves significant program costs and timing by reducing the need for expensive early application hardware and eliminating costly early design iterations. As with all product development verification, the sooner an issue can be identified and corrected the better, and Rapid Prototyping systems provide a mechanism to identify and correct issues far sooner and easier than waiting for application hardware.
Rapid Prototyping is the bridge between your virtual development activities and your first testing in the real world. It aides both digital engineering and digital transformation activities as part of a comprehensive industry 4.0 adoption strategy.