With functional prototyping, you can test different designs for your product until you achieve the desired effect. Some factors to consider include model density, flexibility required, tolerances and component fit. You can test all these factors using a 3D printed prototype.
Here is an example of the multiple iterations we developed to bring The Third Thumb project to life. Multiple design and model print settings were tested before arriving at the final version of the product.
The look of your product is another important point. You can test multiple aesthetic choices quickly using 3D printed prototypes, such as colour, material and design variations.
With 3D printing, you can manufacture your prototype in a range of materials. As well as PLA bioplastics, we also offer 3D prints in wood, brass, copper, steel and bronze composites.
For more flexible prototypes, we offer rubber-like TPU materials with various Shore Hardness such as NinjaFlex. We can also 3D print with high durability materials like Polymax (20% stronger than ABS), and high temperature resistant materials, among others.
Test the quality of your product by destroying it! We can 3D print prototypes for strength, stress, and durability testing. And don’t forget to test those tolerances to ensure a good fit.
Upload 3D models in STL, OBJ, STEP or IGES formats. Our automated system will inspect and analyse your models for 3D printability.
Note: Some 3D models may need manual review or amending before an order can be finalised. Please contact us if you need conversion or mesh correction.
Choose material, colour, resolution, density, lead time and quantity (we offer batch discounting) per model and add to cart.
Our typical lead times:
Standard (2 Working Days)
Express (1 Working Day // 3pm Order Cut-Off)
Weekend (Surcharged // 5pm Friday Cut-Off).
Choose delivery; Standard UK (Free), Express UK and London Only: Motorcycle Courier or Studio Pickup (Free).
Our ordering system will generate an exact price per model and add and any relevant discounts.
Note: You will be able to amend your preferences which will re-calculate the cost as many times as you like before placing your order.
We accept all types of credit/debit cards.
If requested we can also accept Purchase Orders and Bank Transfers. All orders come with a VAT invoice.
On receipt of payment, your order will enter production and we will keep you updated on the order progress.
Note: If there are any particular issues with your order we will contact you to discuss.
You order will arrive within your chosen lead time.
You can also collect free from our studio in London.
All parcels sent tracked and signed.
We also offer a same/next-day motorcycle courier option within London.
PLA (Polylactic acid) is a non-toxic biodegradable plant-based bioplastic. Strong, durable and versatile, it is available in a vast array of colours. It produces an excellent surface finish and is perfect for architectural 3D prints. We use only Premium PLA from ColorFabb (Netherlands) and Filamentive (UK).
PolyMax™ is an advanced 3D printing filament produced with Polymaker’s Nano-reinforcement technology, to deliver exceptional mechanical properties and printing quality. PolyMax™ is 20% stronger than ABS and is a far greater material.
NinjaFlex Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) is a rubber-like flexible, abrasion resistant thermoplastic, that is used in a number of manufacturing processes for both consumer and industrial use. In certain blends it can become very soft, but TPU material offers many benefits and features.
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We offer a 15% discount to all students and educational organisations, if you email us a valid student or organisation ID or a letter from an educational organisation we can apply a 15% discount to all your orders.
Important: Email [email protected] from your educational/academic email address.
Once received and verified we will set you up on our system so that each time you order with your academic email address you will get an automatic 15% discount applied to every order.