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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

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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.

How to Order: Our 3D Printing Process

1. Upload & Analysis

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.

2. Preferences

Choose material, colour, resolution, density, lead time and quantity (we offer bulk 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).

3. Quote

Our ordering system will generate a cost add and any bulk discounts based on the specifications set.

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.

4. Checkout

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.

5. 3D Printing

On receipt of payment, your order enters production and we will keep you updated on the order progress. If there are any particular issues we will contact you to discuss.

6. Receive

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.

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. We use only Premium PLA from ColorFabb (Netherlands) and Filamentive (UK).

PolyMax™

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 (TPU)

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.

Popular Colours for Prototyping

Black or Matte Black

White or Matte White

Light Grey

Blue

Yellow

Red

And many more...

Some of our clients

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