Prototyping is an essential phase in the inventing process and the early life cycle of a new product. Our network of U.S-based rapid prototyping companies is ready to help you transform your CAD design into a tangible reality. Take advantage of advanced manufacturing technology to create quick, cost-effective, and functional prototypes.
Rapid prototyping is used across all industries, from automotive manufacturing to toy and prop design. Communicate your idea to clients and investors, fix design issues early in development, and smooth out any wrinkles before entering full-blown production.
With 3D printing and digital manufacturing, it's easier now than ever before to create multiple iterations of your product. These methods require no tooling and can be used to create a single model without worrying about overhead costs. This is an advantage for inventors, who can make a single prototype, test it, modify it, and create the next iteration quickly and efficiently. As rapid manufacturing technologies continue to progress, the variety of materials continues to expand, and the cost of production keeps going down. Innovators can now easily create prototypes from the same or similar materials that they would use in final production.
There are a number of applications for this technology, depending on the stage of development and the project's current needs.
When you're first working through new product design, having a real tangible object can help you through the creative process. Well-constructed concept models that mimic the appearance of production-run parts are an invaluable tool for working out the design kinks in the early production process. With 3D printing and rapid manufacturing technologies, you can create several iterations of cost-effective models to see what works best.
A well-made concept model can help inventors who want to license their invention or attract investor support. Concept models don't have to be fully functional or match the final appearance of the eventual product. Still, they can be valuable in communicating the promise of your idea to interested parties.
Don't wait until you've started tooling before you have something to show your investors. Share with them directly right from the start. Demonstrate your design and communicate the marketability of your product in a way they can see and touch it. With high-resolution rapid prototyping in various colors and materials, you can build a market for your product before beginning production. 3D printing technologies like SLA and SLS allow for highly detailed and fine surface finishes, meaning you can create beautiful models with little to no post-processing.
Sometimes, inventions don't work exactly as planned. Test your new product to ensure the design is correct before production. With our rapid prototyping services, you can test out the form, fit, and function of parts with a highly accurate and durable working prototype. By prototyping with production-grade materials, you can rigorously test your product to ensure it can tolerate the environments consumers will subject it to.
Functional rapid prototyping prevents costly mistakes down the road. Create robust prototypes from the same tough materials used in final production. Make sure your design can take whatever you throw at it before beginning production.
Rapid tooling combines rapid prototyping with conventional molding and tooling techniques. Create a mold to cast parts quickly using additive manufacturing technologies. With rapid tooling, you can quickly and cost-effectively create limited tools and parts without the overhead and lead time associated with conventional manufacturing. If you have a prototype that requires tooling or need to create a few parts, our rapid prototyping services can get the job done for a fraction of the cost and time of conventional tooling runs.
Create casted parts in less time and with fewer costs than conventional machining.
Sometimes you don't need a million parts. Rapid manufacturing allows you to create limited runs of high-quality end-use parts from plastic or metal. This is great for iterating prototypes and creating limited-run products for testing or selective distribution. With the finishing options from our expert manufacturing firms available, you can be ready for the marketplace in just a few days.
Rapid prototyping takes advantage of cutting-edge additive and subtractive manufacturing technologies. We offer services in a variety of metals and plastics. Technologies include:
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