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