Functional Rapid Prototyping with 3D Printing

Functional Prototyping

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.

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

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 . Utilising 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 moulding tooling, Polyjet is the right technology for the job.

Stereolithography technology produces 3D printed parts with crisp detail and smooth side wall quality and accuracy which can eliminate finishing time, resulting in cost and time savings.  Stereolithography produces accurate parts, perfect for functional prototypes such as complex assemblies for fit and form testing required to verify designs before moving into mass production, saving time and costs. 

Origin P3 (Programmable PhotoPolymerization) DLP technology produces high accuracy, smooth surface-finish parts with best-of-breed material portfolio including FST, tough, high-temp, and rubber-like materials to meet your application needs.  Origin P3 is perfect for Flexible Production, from high-speed printing of concept modelling parts and quick material change, throughout functional modelling such as fit and form, and up to mass production of high quality and high mechanical-property parts replacing traditional manufacturing methods.   

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