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ULTEM 9085's high strength-to-weight ratio is ideal for auto, aero and military applications

Functional Rapid Prototyping with 3D Printing

Using 3D printing to develop rapid functional prototypes allows you to:

  • Test performance during the development stage much faster and more affordably than traditional methods
  • Refine and perfect your product so you can move to full production with confidence
  • Prove your designs work before committing to costly production tooling
  • Keep your intellectual property in house

For a wide variety of functional prototyping needs, Stratasys has a 3D printing solution for you. 

The Right Technology for the Job

When you need a prototype that can withstand thermal, chemical and mechanical stress, look no further than FDM technology . Utilizing production-grade thermoplastics like ABS and PC, tough prototypes and custom test fixtures will help take your functional testing to a higher level for superior performance data and certification confidence.

Ideas that require a functional prototype that looks and feels like your next product are custom-suited for PolyJet technology. This technology has the capacity to print multiple materials in one automated build –giving you the ability to prototype products containing soft-touch parts, clear components, living hinges and shock absorption. What’s more, it can print with rubberlike materials in a range of Shore values, so you can experiment with greater freedom and test with unsurpassed realism. And for rapid injection molding tooling, Polyjet is the right technology for the job.

Related Materials and Products

Connex3 3D Printers

Connex3 3D printers combine multi-material, multi-color capability with PolyJet technology's smooth, precise surfaces to produce the most realistic and accurate prototypes and concept models.

Fortus 380mc and 450mc Series

The Fortus 380mc and Fortus 450mc 3D Printers deliver reliable, consistent results for demanding functional prototyping applications that require engineering-grade materials like PC, ABS and PC-ABS.

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing

Our Stratasys Direct Manufacturing experts will help you identify the right manufacturing solution for your functional prototyping needs so you can go to full production with confidence.

Case Studies and Additional Resources

a volvo truck sitting on a construction site

Cut Development Time and Cost

Volvo Construction Equipment used 3D functional prototyping to slash development time and cost by 90%.

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3D Printed Nidek Prototype

Accelerate Time to Market

Nidek Technologies uses 3D printed functional prototypes to speed time to clinical trials and market readiness.

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a Fender Truck 3D printed part

Put to the Test

Functional prototype fenders made from ULTEM 9085 resin are tested under real-life conditions, on operational trucks.

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