3D printing prototype service

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

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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.

For more on-demand manufacturing services, browse our full range of 3D printing capabilities.

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)

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
DLSHP MJFFDMSLA
Production-grade partsHP MJF 4200/5200Engineering-grade materialsIntricate, accurate detailing
Isotropic material propertiesProduces fine features for complex
parts
Industry certificationsExcellent surface finish
Smooth surface finish and fine
details
More consistent isotropic
mechanical properties in the Z
build direction when compared to
other additive processes
Large build volumeGreat for prototypes or one-off
parts
High throughputDoes 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
Build volume
DLSHP MJFFDMSLA
M2 printerHP MJF 4200/5200914 x 610 x 914 mm335 x 200 x 300 mm
189 x 118 x 326 mm375 x 375 x 280 mm36.0 x 24.0 x 36.0 in13.2 x 7.9 x 11.8 in
7.4 x 4.6 x 12.8 in14.8 x 14.8 x 11.0 in
L1 printerHP MJF Color
400 x 250 x 460 mm332 x 190 x 248 mm
15.7 x 9.8 x 18.1 in13.1 x 7.5 x 9.8 in
Minimum feature size
DLSHP MJFFDMSLA
Material dependent, typically:HP MJF 4200/52000.4 mmMinimum feature size is different for each
resin – we are able to achieve complex
and aggressive geometry.
~0.25 – 0.5 mm0.5 mm0.016 in
~0.01 – 0.02 in0.02 in
HP MJF Color
0.5 mm
0.02 in
Best achievable tolerance
DLSHP MJFFDMSLA
Material dependent, typically:HP MJF 4200/5200± 0.381 mmN/A
+/- 0.3 mmFeatures in X-Y Dimension
(0-100mm feature size):
0.015 in
+/- 0.012 in+/- 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

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
DLSHP MJFFDMSLA
Rigid materialsHP MJF 4200:Ultem 1010Surgical guide
RPU 70Nylon PA 12Ultem 9085Clear
RPU 13040% Glass Bead Filled TPAUltem 9085 CGRigid
EPX 82PC-10Tough 2000
EPX 86HP MJF 580:PC-ISOElastic
UMA 90CB Nylon PA 12PC-ABSFlexible
IND 405ASATough 1500
MPU 100ABS-ESD7Durable
CE 221ABS-M30iWhite
ABS-M30Black
Non-rigid materialsPPSFColor
EPU 40ST-130High Temp
EPU 41Nylon 6
SIL 30Nylon 12
Nylon 12CF
Antero 800NA
Antero840CN03
Finishing and post-processing
DLSHP MJFFDMSLA
PaintingPaintingPaintingPainting
Bead blastingBead blastingBead blastingBead blasting
SmoothingBlack dyeingSandingSanding
Press-fit insertsHeat staked insertsHeat staked insertsPress-fit inserts
Digital texturingPress-fit insertsHeliCoil insertsDigital texturing
Laser surface decorating / etchingDigital texturingLaser surface decorating / etching
Clear coat
Vapor smoothing
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 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.

Fast Radius manufacturing solutions

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

3D printing

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

CNC machining

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

Injection molding

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

Urethane casting

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