Never again wait weeks for prototypes to arrive from a service provider. With in-house 3D printing, you can create rapid tooling prototypes within a day, run tests, tweak your design, and print again.
Step 1: Design
Design your object in CAD during work hours.
Step 2: 3D Print
3D print the prototype parts overnight.
Step 3: Test
Clean, measure, test, create assemblies, and collect feedback on your design in the morning.
Step 4: Iterate
Tweak your design and repeat the process.
Rapid Tooling Guides and Case Studies
Most traditional manufacturing processes like injection molding, thermoforming, or casting, require custom tooling to create end-use parts.
However, tooling comes with high upfront costs and weeks or months-long lead times from service providers, significantly slowing down product development.
The alternative? Incorporating in-house 3D printed rapid tooling into your development or manufacturing processes.
You can combine 3D printed tooling with traditional manufacturing processes to validate the design and material choice before transitioning to mass production, and to produce custom or limited series of end-use parts.
Guide to Rapid Tooling
In this white paper, learn how to combine rapid tooling with traditional manufacturing processes like injection molding, thermoforming forming, or casting to improve flexibility, agility, scalability, and cost-efficiency.
Moldmaking With 3D Prints: Six Techniques for Prototyping and Production 6 Mechanical Properties to Consider
in this we'll answer what types of moldmaking processes are possible with
an in-house SLA 3D printer?
“The Form 3L makes the product design process more cohesive. Making tweaks in CAD and starting the printing process - it’s going to help us close the gap between feedback and design.”
– Matt Tetzl, R+D Technician at Black Diamond
Rapid Tooling Materials
Need help deciding which Formlabs Engineering Resin is the best
fit for your project?
This highly glass-filled resin is the stiffest material in our engineering portfolio. Choose Rigid 10K Resin for precise industrial parts that need to withstand significant load without bending. Rigid 10K Resin exhibits a smooth matte finish and is highly resistant to heat and chemicals.
Grey Pro Resin creates high-quality protoypes for internal and external use that mimic the functional requirements of the final part.
Grey Pro Resin offers moderate strength, stiffness, elongation, and impact resistance, making it a suitable material for a wide range of designs. Our Engineering Resins are formulated to withstand extensive testing and perform under stress and similar what your final-production part may look and feel like.
3D print strong, precise concept models and prototypes that bring your ideas to life with Formlabs’ Clear Resin. With a matte surface finish, and precise details, prints are ready to use right off the build platform. Their neutral undertone makes a great base for parts that will eventually be painted or undergo other finishing processes.