Rapid Prototyping Services by Shapeways
While traditional manufacturing methods limit how rapidly you can prototype, 3D printing ensures that you’ll get your prototypes faster.
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Rapid prototyping with 3D printers allows for quick iterations of product designs to physically determine look, feel, fit, and functionality before going into full-scale manufacturing. Multiple materials and finishing options provide final product likeness.
Once your rapid prototype is ready for the masses, sell your product on Etsy, Shopify, or integrate a customer API into your website. Shapeways can manufacture and fulfill your customer orders on-demand to free you up to focus on running your business.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
For the fastest turnaround in fabrication, rapid prototyping allows you to bring a design from an idea to a tangible object in a time- and cost-effective way. Rapid prototyping eliminates the need for expensive molds and tooling, saving months of development time while minimizing upfront costs. For products involving complex geometries, the technology allows much more flexibility and intricacy that can be difficult to achieve with traditional manufacturing techniques.
The most commonly used material in early prototyping stages is Versatile Plastic, or commonly known as Nylon 12. This is a durable nylon plastic that can be used for a wide range of applications, both for prototyping and for end products. For later prototyping stages, materials with different properties are used for more realistic presentations and for functionality and durability tests. Shapeways offers a wide range of materials from clear plastic for architectural models to multi-color prints for visual prototypes to precious metals for jewelry designs.
Shapeways has worked with many businesses for a range of rapid prototyping needs. Some examples include: