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Rapid Prototyping using 3D Printing

Rapid prototyping is a process by which you can quickly create a scale model of your new product using additive manufacturing. You can then use this scale model to explore and test the functionality of your proposed product, ensuring that it behaves as you expect. Over consecutive iterations, you can refine the product’s performance and appearance. 3D printing allows you to prototype quickly, which in turn brings the product to market faster. Through our fast turnaround 3D printing service, you can often have multiple iterations of your product manufactured within the same week.

Examples of 3D Printed Prototypes

Functional Prototypes

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.

Aesthetic Prototypes

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.

Material Test Prototypes

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.

Strength & Durability Testing

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.

Our 3D Printing Process

1. Upload & Analysis

Upload 3D models in STL, OBJ or STEP, IGES formats. Our system will inspect and analyse your models for 3D printability.

Note: Some 3D models may need manual review before an order can be finalised.

2. Preferences

Choose print resolution, quantity, material, infill density and colour for each model.

Select lead time; Standard (2 Working Days), Express (1 Working Day with 3pm Order Cut-Off) or Weekend (Surcharged).

Choose delivery method; Tracked 1st Class Post, Motorcycle Courier or Pickup (Free).

3. Quote

Our ordering system will generate an automated cost based on your specifications. 

You will be able to amend your preferences which will re-calculate the cost as many times as you like before check out.

4. Payment/Checkout

We accept all types of credit/debit cards for all orders.

If requested we can also accept Purchase Orders and Bank Transfers for Business orders. We can generate VAT invoices GB 281 9167 77.

5. 3D Print

On receipt of payment, your order enters our queue and we 3D Print your models and keep you updated on the progress.

6. Receive

Collect for free from our 3D Printing studio in South London or we can send the models to you via tracked post. We also offer a motorcycle courier delivery option within London.

Common Materials for Prototyping

PLA

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.

PolyMax™ PLA

PolyMax™ is an advanced 3D printing filament produced with Polymaker’s Nano-reinforcement technology, to deliver exceptional mechanical properties and printing quality.

TPU (NinjaFlex)

Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) is a 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.

Popular Colours for Prototyping

Black

White

Light Grey

Blue

Yellow

Red

And many more...

Some of our clients

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Studio Address: Champion 3D, Old Town Hall, 4th Floor, London, SE6 4RU. (Note: Studio visits are by appointment only)

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