Rapid prototyping, a methodology for which additive manufacturing was invented, has developed across 30 years to deliver new efficiencies and productivity during the product design and development process. The new additive technologies and materials for prototyping can deliver:
- More than 15 times faster prototyping than alternative methods
- Same day prototype production
- Decreased product time-to-market
- Development of better products, faster
- Reduced costs of product development
Digital Design and Prototyping
3D Systems’ digital prototyping solutions have made transforming a design into a physical object even faster and more affordable. 3D Systems’ digital prototyping solutions offer a streamlined workflow to advance and accelerate your projects.
3D Printing Solutions for Rapid prototyping
FabPro 1000 for smaller budgets
The entry-level industrial-grade FabPro 1000 3D printer excels at fast, low-volume, small part prototyping with a range of high-quality materials. The FabPro 1000 uses Direct Light Printing (DLP) to produce prototype models in hours, and compared to competing systems, can create higher-quality parts with precision and smooth finish at up to three-times-faster high-throughput print speeds. Highly flexible, affordable and able to work across a distributed network, FabPro 1000 is easy to set up and maintain.
Figure 4 Standalone for lightning speed
The ultra-fast Figure 4 Standalone 3D non-contact membrane DLP printer delivers prototype production times up to 15 times faster and at a lower part cost than alternative production methods, with high quality and accurate small- and medium-sized parts. With a growing range of materials for prototyping, production and investment casting patterns, customers have commented that parts from Figure 4 Standalone rival injection-molded quality and durability, and time to first part can be a matter of a few minutes. Delivering 3D print speeds of up to 100 mm per hour, Figure 4 Standalone offers unparalleled ease-of-use, repeatability and part quality never before seen in the industry.
MultiJet Printing solutions for bigger prototypes
Multijet printing (MJP) solutions from 3D Systems offer a larger build volume (up to 20.4 x 15x 11.8 in) than the DLP class of platforms, and, with a wide choice of materials, is a highly versatile 3D printer for all kinds of prototyping. Using an ink jet style of 3D printing, MJP also delivers easy support removal with the melt-away wax supports. This combination of printed parts with wax supports also enables rapid creation of functional prototypes with moving and interlocking parts, living hinges and enclosed volumes. Materials properties for MJP 3D printing compare to ABS and polypropolenes, as well as elastomeric and clear.
ColorJet printing (CJP)
From educational settings to the most demanding commercial environments, 3D Systems’ family of ProJet CJP x60 3D printers provides unparalleled, full-color 3D printing at exceptional print speeds, efficiency and low cost of operation.
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
Produce tough, durable parts from a range of production-grade nylon materials that have been optimized, validated and tested to ensure quality, with isotropic 3D mechanical properties. The ProX SLS 6100 brings versatility to your applications, whether for functional prototyping or direct 3D production. Choose from industrial-grade nylon 11 or nylon 12, flame retardant nylon 12, fiber-reinforced, glass-filled, and aluminum-filled materials. Our SLS materials can meet the standards of ISO 10993-5 and 10 opening the door to production of select medical devices.
Produce exact plastic and composite material parts without the limitations of tooling by using 3D printing in SLA with 3D Systems. These gold-standard additive platforms deliver part accuracy and surface quality achievable only with this leading manufacturing technology. Immediately produce low- to medium-run parts at a lower per-unit cost, and build massive, highly detailed pieces faster,
3D Sprint software ties it all together
3D Systems delivers true productivity gains for manufacturers through the 3D Sprint additive manufacturing software, delivered exclusively with its plastic 3D printers. 3D Sprint delivers tools that allow customers to 3D print better plastic parts without needing high-priced software to achieve it. With an arsenal of additive manufacturing preparation and editing tools, 3D Sprint can significantly decrease cost of ownership of your 3D printers by reducing the need for costly software seats by third party vendors.
3D Sprint’s management and monitoring tools allow you to accurately estimate print time and optimize material levels and usage both before and during the print operation. Manage print queues, job priorities, and monitor multiple 3D Systems printers for real-time job control and mitigation.
No 3D printer? No problem
Experience the full benefits of rapid prototypes, appearance models and functional models before bringing new capabilities in-house. Call on experts at 3D Systems On Demand 3D printing service to help you determine which technology and materials best suit your needs.