Ever since the commercialization of rapid prototyping in 1983 by Chuck Hull, 3D printing has become increasingly popular in product development.
The invention of additive prototyping is in engineering a key pivotal moment for the field. It has accelerated, made it accessible to the public, and reduced the cost dramatically for product design. Therefore I think it's an important part of history.
I am interested in enclosure design, housing for the electronics etc. I am thinking of anything that is typically eventually injection moulded, and how that was made in the prototyping stage.
What was the standard before the time of additive prototyping, was it just metal/woodwork (or the use of a CNC machine), or am I forgetting something?