We offer a wide range of solutions, but how can these solutions be applied? We have pulled together a selection of applications to demonstrate how solutions can be used, but this is by no means an exhaustive list.
Please contact us to discuss your next prototype project and ask us about other applications.
What: applying surface texturing to SLS and SLA parts before printing
Which processes: SLS and SLA
Why: to achieve the same surface finish you can get from injection moulding, to give them the look of leather or other natural materials, for example
Benefit: significant cost-saving over other techniques such as injection moulding
Dyeing of parts
What: print-to-product cleaning, surfacing and colouring of SLS parts
Which process: SLS
Why: to add precision-colours to SLS parts in virtually any required colour
Benefit: add value to your 3D printed parts to look more like an injection moulded part
Parts that require strength
What: rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing of parts with complex shapes and geometries
Which process: SLS
Why: process uses Nylon (PA12) to print complex shapes applicable across a range of industry sectors
Benefit: reduced costs as no tooling is required, high quality, accurate parts achievable in short timescales – Express Service Next Day Dispatch
Combining metal with resin
What: combining additive manufacturing processes with subtractive manufacturing processes, such as CNC machining combined with vacuum casting
Which processes: CNC and Vacuum Casting
Why: to test manufacture-like prototypes of a product or part
Benefit: test how effectively metal and resin elements can be combined before manufacture
Parts that require a high level of detail
What: production of parts that need to show a high level of detail during the design process
Which process: SLA
Why: with a wide range of materials available, it is a fast method to produce parts
Benefit: a very fast way to produce parts for testing and developing products reducing time to market
What: prototyping of new medical and drug delivery devices, and non-implant devices which will have limited contact with the body
Which process: SLA
Why: we use 3D Systems Accura ClearVue material in our dedicated medical devices area
Benefit: an extra level of confidence for clients during their medical device product development process and clinical trials
Model making – developing your concepts
What: prototyping which requires multiples skills, technologies, processes and finishing options
Which processes: Skilled craftsmen – SLA, SLS, FDM, Vacuum Casting, CNC machining, finishing, painting
Why: when automated prototyping technologies or processes alone won’t do the job (for example, due to size or complexity), or where the nature of the model requires the use of different components produced by different means
Benefit: one-stop prototyping model making service, flexibility, rapid turnaround, high level of quality and finish
Production of polyurethane prototype parts – resembling injection moulding
What: production of small numbers of highly accurate polyurethane prototype parts with characteristics and quality comparable to the final product
Which process: Vacuum Casting
Why: to produce parts for pre-production testing or product evaluation
Benefit: short lead times and low cost compared to injection moulding
Parts, jigs and fixture assemblies
What: low-cost production of small numbers of strong, durable prototype parts, jigs and fixture assemblies
Which process: FDM
Why: to produce early concept prototypes, jigs and fixtures
Benefit: production-grade polymers available
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We offer a range of finishing options on SLS, SLA, FDM, Polyjet and Figure 4.
Our service levels are designed to help you meet tight timescales or economy budgets.
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Prototype Projects is a UK-based prototyping bureau delivering high-quality prototype parts in fast turnaround times.
We offer a next day dispatch service for SLA, SLS, FDM, Polyjet and Figure 4 3D printed parts. Use our My 3D AM service for online SLS and SLA 3D printing instant quoting and ordering for additive manufacturing. We also offer CNC machining and milling, Vacuum Casting and laser cutting services.
Contact us on 01763 249760 to discuss your next prototype project.