Prototyping is an important stage in product development. While a product may look perfect when it’s a 3D design file or a sketch on paper, translating that into a real-world object can reveal issues that couldn’t be seen before, meaning modifications need to be made and tested out yet again. The quicker you can work through these iterations of a design, the sooner your product can be ready for sale and use.
3D printing allows for rapid prototyping at a fairly low cost. 3D printing takes your 3D CAD file design and uses it to build your product layer by layer. This can be done in a range of materials and appropriate 3D printing techniques, depending on your budget and need. With 3D printing, you will only pay for the cost of the number of print runs you actually need instead of needing to order large batch sizes you don’t need, which wastes money and leaves you with suboptimal products you can’t sell.
Most 3D printing jobs take only a matter of hours, meaning you can work through design iterations in a matter of days instead of the weeks or even months that can be required for other manufacturing methods. You can easily test out multiple competing ideas all at once or one after another. This means you can find your optimal design even faster than you otherwise could.
Your 3D printed prototype will match your design very accurately, even if the material benign used is not the same as the final planned material or if 3D printing is not going to be the final manufacturing method. If it is on the CAD file, the 3D printer will make it. The required modifications for 3D printing are very minimal, and after final finishing, you’ll be able to hold a physical replica of the product you designed just the way you designed it.
At Jawstec, we provide industry-leading service to all our customers, whether they are big names like BMW or small entrepreneurs. Our team is passionate about 3D printing and what it can bring to your project. Contact us today or try out our 3D print quote tool to get your rapid prototyping process started with 3D printing today.