3D printing for prototyping
Prototyping is an essential step in the product development process. 3D printing is widely used to for the creation of prototypes that function in the same way as the intended end-use parts.
Jigs and fixtures are invaluable tools in manufacturing. By 3D printing these tools, you can drastically reduce cost and improve lead times.
Tools such as grippers are used in many manufacturing processes. By 3D printing these, you can cut tool production cost and personalize your tools.
Prototyping is an essential step in the product development process. 3D printing adds flexibility, proof of concept and shorter lead times.
3D printing makes it possible to manufacture spare parts on demand and mitigates supply chain risks associated with sourcing of critical spare parts.
3D printing is increasingly used for the manufacturing of high quality, easily customizable end-use parts with consistent output and optimized performance.
Improving product development and time to market
Minimizes risk and resources
3D printing has been used for prototyping for the last 30 years since it’s a fast and reliable way to produce multiple design iterations.
This effectively minimizes risk and resources in the product development phase.
Test in real-world conditions
There is a broad range of different materials that allows product development teams to test the prototypes and their performance in real-world conditions when exposed to chemicals, weather or mechanical loads.
Avoid costly mistakes
Functional prototyping with 3D printing makes it easy for product development to create multiple iterations before proceeding into production tooling.
This allows companies to shorten their lead times and avoid costly mistakes, when introducing new products to the market.
Why Use 3D Print for Prototyping?
- Quick and Dependable:
Swift, reliable creation of multiple design iterations.
- Resource Efficient:
Minimizes risk and resources in the product development process.
- Test under Real Conditions:
Wide range of materials for testing prototypes in real-world scenarios.
Helps prevent costly mistakes and reduce lead times in product development.
Check out the best 3D printers for prototyping
3D Systems MJP 2500
Print functional prototypes with the most accurate jetting technology on the market
3D Systems Figure 4
Making 3D production real with scalable, modular high speed digital molding factory solutions
Markforged Mark Two
Flagship Continuous Fiber Composite 3D Printer, built to revolutionize your manufacturing operation.
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