3D printing prototype service

Create 3D printed prototype parts quickly and cost-effectively with cutting-edge manufacturing technology.

Rapid 3D print prototyping

3D printing offers unprecedented design versatility and the potential to manufacture functional prototypes in a variety of materials with speed and accuracy. Our 3D printing technologies are capable of achieving complex geometries and intricate dimensions without hard tooling and without the production considerations of full manufacturing runs.

Ordering from our rapid 3D prototyping service is easy. Upload your prototype designs to our Cloud Manufacturing Platform™, work with our engineers to optimize your parts and choose the right 3D printing method, and then move to production with the click of a button.

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Our 3D printing technologies

We offer the following 3D printing services:

Carbon® Digital Light Synthesis™ (DLS)

The Carbon DLS™ Process is a resin-based additive manufacturing technology, ideal for creating smaller, high fidelity parts with complex geometries, isotropic properties, and excellent surface finishes.

HP Multi Jet Fusion (MJF)

HP MJF technology is a powder-bed additive manufacturing technology capable of delivering strong, durable parts for a variety of industrial end-uses.
Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

A popular additive technology, FDM is capable of producing relatively low-cost parts with a variety of materials and finishing options.

Stereolithography (SLA)

A tried-and-tested prototype manufacturing process, SLA employs photopolymerization to produce parts with intricate, accurate detailing, and excellent surface finishes.

Design considerations

Optimize your 3D printing prototypes: consider the following factors during your design process.

3D printing benefits

DLS

  • Production-grade parts
  • Isotropic material properties
  • Smooth surface finish and fine details
  • High throughput
HP MJF
HP MJF 4200/5200
  • Produces fine features for complex parts
  • More consistent isotropic mechanical properties in the Z build direction when compared to other additive processes
  • Does not require supports (self-supporting) allowing more design freedom
  • High throughput

HP MJF Color
  • Produces full-spectrum color parts with a voxel-control system
  • Produces accurate, functional parts with intricate detail
FDM
  • Engineering-grade materials
  • Industry certifications
  • Large build volume

SLA

  • Intricate, accurate detailing
  • Excellent surface finish
  • Great for prototypes or one-off parts

Build volume

DLS

M2 printer
  • 189 x 118 x 326 mm
  • 7.4 x 4.6 x 12.8 in

L1 printer
  • 400 x 250 x 460 mm
  • 15.7 x 9.8 x 18.1 in
HP MJF
HP MJF 4200/5200
  • 375 x 375 x 280 mm
  • 14.8 x 14.8 x 11.0 in

HP MJF Color
  • 332 x 190 x 248 mm
  • 13.1 x 7.5 x 9.8 in
FDM
  • 914 x 610 x 914 mm
  • 36.0 x 24.0 x 36.0 in

SLA

  • 335 x 200 x 300 mm
  • 13.2 x 7.9 x 11.8 in

Minimum feature size

DLS

Material dependent, typically:

  • ~0.25 – 0.5 mm
  • ~0.01 – 0.02 in
HP MJF
HP MJF 4200/5200
  • 0.5 mm
  • 0.02 in

HP MJF Color
  • 0.5 mm
  • 0.02 in
FDM
  • 0.4 mm
  • 0.016 in

SLA

Minimum feature size is different for each resin – we are able to achieve complex and aggressive geometry.

Best achievable tolerance

DLS

Material dependent, typically:
+/- 0.3 mm
+/- 0.012 in

HP MJF
HP MJF 4200/5200 Features in X-Y Dimension (0-100mm feature size):
  • +/- 0.3 mm
  • +/- 0.012 in
Features in X-Y Dimension (>100mm feature size):
  • +/- 0.3% of feature size
Features in Z Dimension (0-100mm feature size):
  • +/- 0.4 mm
  • +/- 0.016 in
Features in Z Dimension (>100mm feature size):
  • +/- 0.4% of feature size

HP MJF Color Features in X-Y dimension
  • +/- 0.4 mm
  • +/- 0.016 in
Features in Z dimension
  • +/- 0.8 mm
  • +/- 0.031 in
FDM
  • ± 0.381 mm
  • 0.015 in

SLA

N/A

3D prototype materials and post-processing options

We’ll help you choose the right material for your 3D printing prototypes and select suitable finishing and post-processing offerings:

Materials

DLS

Rigid materials
  • RPU 70
  • RPU 130
  • EPX 82
  • EPX 86
  • UMA 90
  • IND 405
  • MPU 100
  • CE 221

Non-rigid materials
  • EPU 40
  • EPU 41
  • SIL 30
HP MJF

HP MJF 4200: 

  • Nylon PA 12
  • 40% Glass Bead Filled TPA

 

HP MJF 580:

  • CB Nylon PA 12
FDM
  • Ultem 1010
  • Ultem 9085
  • Ultem 9085 CG
  • PC-10
  • PC-ISO
  • PC-ABS
  • ASA
  • ABS-ESD7
  • ABS-M30i
  • ABS-M30
  • PPSF
  • ST-130
  • Nylon 6
  • Nylon 12
  • Nylon 12CF
  • Antero 800NA
  • Antero840CN03

SLA

  • Surgical guide
  • Clear
  • Rigid
  • Tough 2000
  • Elastic
  • Flexible
  • Tough 1500
  • Durable
  • White
  • Color
  • High Temp

Finishing and post-processing

DLS

  • Painting
  • Bead blasting
  • Smoothing
  • Press-fit inserts
  • Digital texturing
  • Hydrographics
  • Laser surface decorating / etching
HP MJF
  • Painting
  • Black dyeing
  • Bead blasting
  • Heat staked inserts
  • Press-fit inserts
  • Digital texturing
  • Clear coat
  • Vapor smoothing
  • Laser surface decorating / etching
FDM
  • Painting
  • Bead blasting
  • Sanding
  • Heat staked inserts
  • HeliCoil inserts

SLA

  • Painting
  • Bead blasting
  • Smoothing
  • Press-fit inserts
  • Digital texturing
  • Hydrographics
  • Laser surface decorating / etching

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Why prototype with 3D printing?

The 3D printing process offers a number of unique prototyping benefits:

Design freedom

Create 3D printing prototypes with complex geometries and dimensions, without the design restrictions of traditional manufacturing methods.

Virtual iteration

Work with Fast Radius engineers to iterate on your 3D printing prototypes virtually before production. Optimize your design, and choose materials and finishing options.

Fast turnaround

3D printing offers fast, cost effective turnaround times, enabling you to create and receive your prototype parts as quickly as possible.

Strength and durability

While prototypes may not typically need strength and durability, some 3D printing processes enable the creation of functional prototypes for real-world testing.
3d strength durability

3D printing applications

Medical devices

3D printing prototypes can be manufactured rapidly to shave months off development timelines, and to produce biocompatible parts such as surgical guides and instruments.

Aerospace

Our 3D prototyping technologies serve the diverse manufacturing needs of the aerospace industry and enable you to prototype your parts on-demand,.

Automotive

Create automotive prototypes with speed and versatility for a diversity of applications: work with us to determine the best 3D printing technology and to optimize your parts for safety and functionality.

Consumer goods

Prototype customer-facing products with 3D printing technology: achieve complex geometries and dimensions, and tailor your design for commercial contexts with finishing and post-processing options.

Explore 3D printing news and industry updates

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Fast Radius manufacturing solutions

Fast Radius manufacturing solutions serve the needs of businesses across the industrial landscape. Explore our capabilities:

CNC Machining

Automated CNC turning and 3-axis and 5-axis milling, using rotating drills, end mills, and lathes.

3D Printing

Fast, scalable, and cost-effective 3D printing technology for a variety of industrial applications.

Urethane Casting

Versatile mold-casting for the production of urethane parts, customizable with colors and textures.

Injection Molding

Cost-effective plastic injection molding for precision, high-volume production runs.

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