• 3D Systems offers a wide range of materials and processes, from 3D printing to injection molding, that combine to create real, functional appearance models that bring design concepts to reality; in both plastics and metals. We are the 3D appearance modeling partner to some of the world’s most recognized automotive brands and industrial and consumer goods manufacturing companies.

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  • Appearance models allow for simulation tests, aerodynamic wind tunnel analyses, trade show support, human factors tests, and design verification. Using a combination of materials and technology, we are able to produce appearance models with working hinges, wheels, lighting, electronics, and accurate colors, with functional accuracy.

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  • Learn About our Appearance Model 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • ColorJet Printing

    Full color concept models with quick production times. Whether printed with color or in standard white, parts can be additionally clear coated to add a hard, smooth coating or wax coated to smooth out the surface finish.

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  • Cast Urethane

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

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  • CNC Machining

    Whether for rapid prototypes or production parts, we have the right CNC machining options for both your metal and plastic part needs.

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  • 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.

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  • Die Casting

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

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  • 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.

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