Take your product development to another level

    • Empower your development teams to test various materials in real-world environments to see how they perform under thermal, chemical and mechanical stresses of everyday product use.
    • Explore manufacturing processes using functional prototypes to determine part weight, assembly process, and overall manufacturability.
    • Eliminate time-consuminzg and costly tooling to produce a real-world part within days instead of months.
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    • Partner with the world's most experienced engineers to generate a part that meets your exacting specifications
    • Access the widest selection of technologies and processes -- both additive and subtractive -- including 3D Systems' full arsenal of 3D printing processes and materials, plus traditional methods such as cast urethane, CNC machining, injection molding, metal- die casting, and sheet metal.
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    Concept Modeling

    Functional prototyping and concept modeling give design and engineering teams the ability to view and test products in real-world environments. A finished 3D printed concept model helps communicate ideas that transform digital CAD files on a screen into final products for user testing, design verification, or product design iterations. 3D printed concept models help bridge the gap between Quickparts rapid prototyping of simple designs and final production design. Concept models allow ideas to be communicated to broader teams for approval, design revisions, or marketing purposes.

    Functional prototyping and concept modeling speed product development lifecycles, allowing iterative proof-of-concept testing and helping test design features and functionality early in the design process. Many times, functional prototypes require multiple manufacturing technologies in order to create the desired final product. With our full suite of services, we are able to combine 3D printing prototyping with conventional CNC machining and low-volume injection molding to meet the needs of virtually every design team.

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    Functional Prototypes

    3D printed functional prototypes enable real-world product development and testing to take place before costly investments in production tooling. By creating 3D printed functional prototypes, teams can test various thermoplastic materials in real-world environments to see how high-performance prototypes perform under thermal, chemical, and mechanical stresses of everyday product use.

    These realistic prototypes can take on the appearance of your final finished product, including color and material selection. Manufacturing processes can be explored using functional prototypes to determine part weight, assembly process, and overall manufacturability.

  • Learn About our Functional Prototyping Processes

  • Stereolithography

    Highest accuracy and smoothest surface finish of all 3D printed parts. Print highly detailed parts ranging from just a few mm in size, all the way up to 5 ft (1.5 m), with exceptional resolution and accuracy and virtually no part shrink or warping.

  • Selective Laser Sintering

    Capable of producing highly durable and complex geometries for real-world testing while other additive manufacturing methods may become brittle over time. Ideal for snap fits and living hinges.

  • Direct Metal Printing

    Production of small and extremely complex shapes with no need for tooling. Allowing production of metal parts with challenging geometries, not possible using traditional subtractive or casting technologies.

  • Cast Urethane

    Produce parts that accurately mimic the color, texture, feel and physical properties of injection molded parts.

  • Sheet Metal

    From one off prototypes to low-volume production, we offer a variety of manufacturing methods, materials, and finishing options for all your sheet metal needs.

  • Die Casting

    Continuous quality control shot after shot, taking your project from prototype to production in an accelerated timeframe.

  • Low-Volume Injection Mold Tooling & Parts

    Capabilities ranging from prototype through production quantities, multi-cavity tooling, tight tolerances, over-molding and secondary post-molding operations. Fast and dependable service with FREE Design for Manufacturing Analysis (DFM) report.

  • Investment Casting Patterns

    Direct cast patterns produced with Rapid Prototyping technology with accuracy and high level surface finish.