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Rapid Prototyping

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At Invent 3D, we love to challenge ourselves. Got an idea? We will make it happen

Overview

Rapid prototyping allows your ideas to become a reality in a matter of hours! No need for expensive initial setup costs. Just bring us your CAD design and we will make it happen.

Our Manufacturing Methods

These are some of the methods we use to produce amazing parts and models for our clients:

FDM

FDM stands for Fused Deposition Modeling. In FDM printing, a strand of material is deposited in layers to create a 3D printed object. During printing, the plastic filament is fed through a hot extruder where the plastic gets soft enough that it can be precisely placed by the print head. The melted filament is then deposited layer by layer in the print area to build the piece.

Use cases
  • On-demand manufacturing
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Jig and Fixtures
Materials available
  • All conventional polymers
  • Polypropylene
  • Polycarbonate 
  • ESD-Safe ABS 
  • Kevlar & Carbon Fiber Reinforced
  • Polycarbonates 
  • TPUs and TPEs in various shore hardness
Speciality polymers and composites 
  • Fire retardant 
  • Biodegradable 
  • Autoclavable 

SLA

SLA stands for Stereolithography Apparatus. It works by focusing an ultraviolet (UV) laser on to a vat of photopolymer resin.
SLA allows for parts to be produced with an incredible level of detail and in a variety of materials depending on their use. 

Use Cases:
  • Dental and medical parts (using biocompatible resins)
  • Precision parts and jigs
  • Jewellery
  • Miniature production
  • Materials

SLS

  • SLS stands for Selective Laser Sintering. This process allows the production of pieces using a powder type medium that gets fused together, layer by layer, by a high power laser.
    This technology allows for high-detail Nylon and TPU industry-standard prototypes, with no visible layer lines.
Use Cases:
  • Medical
  • Engineering parts 
  • Fashion

Advantages of Rapid Prototyping​

Here's some of the advantages that rapid prototyping bring to the table: ​

Speed

The ability to explore and realize concepts more quickly. This efficiency in time and cost allows teams to move beyond the mere visualization of a product, making it easier to grasp the properties and design of a product.

Flexibility

Apply repeated designs and incorporate changes that allow for the evaluation and testing of the product. This iterative process provides a roadmap to developing and refining the final product.

Visualization

Being able to communicate concepts concisely and effectively. Rapid prototyping takes ideas, images and concepts from flat and 2 dimensional visuals to hands-on products that clients, colleagues and collaborators can then see in action.

Testing​

The ability to thoroughly test and refine a concept. Being able to minimize design flaws with a small volume rapid prototype run helps eliminate costly design flaws that might not be evident during an early assessment.

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