3D Printing Applications
When it comes to prototyping, it’s almost always impossible to achieve a flawless result the first time — or even on the second and third attempts! 3D prototype printing provides you with much more flexibility when it comes to testing, evaluation and refinement, especially because it saves more time and money when compared to traditional methods of production.
Reduce scrap and rework
When it comes to design, the later a problem or flaw is discovered the more time-consuming and costly it will be to correct. Not only does a 3D prototyping machine make the process more rapid, it also allows industrial designers and engineers to make revisions more conveniently while still reducing the time to market for new designs.
Rapid prototyping provides you with the ability to convey ideas to collaborators, clients and marketers through physical models in a way digital models cannot. It facilitates the process of clear, detailed feedback that is vital to the success of a product, allowing designers to quickly respond and make adjustments.
Test in the real world
3D rapid prototyping allows you to know exactly how your products will look and perform before investing in tooling. The large variety of materials available for 3D printing provides you with unlimited possibilities. Photopolymers, thermoplastics, metals and composite materials provide a full spectrum of material properties, and many of them are able to withstand secondary processes like sealing, polishing, painting, metallization or electroplating.
If your final production process requires molds, patterns or layups, you can 3D print short-run tooling to prove out your products and manufacturing processes before making big investments.