Rapid Prototypes

Many people use prototypes to prove a concept or design. Having a physical part in your hands, gives you the ability to revise a design before ordering expensive molds, dies or tooling. Prior to 3D printing, models were developed from wood, clay, or other similar materials requiring significant man-hours and cost. With today’s 3D printing technology, the benefits of a physical model can be realized at a fraction of the time and cost associated with traditional modeling technologies.

There is no substitute to physically hold, manipulate, and test an accurate prototype, and with 3D technology, there is minimal cost to gain this huge benefit. Furthermore, we understand that often, time is just as valuable as money, hence the name RAPID prototyping. We can issue multiple product revisions in a short period of time, allowing you to continue with final product design. At Big Sky 3D we specialize in rapid prototyping. Through our fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printers, we can build your reality, one layer at a time.

Why Big Sky 3D customers use rapid prototypes:

  • Save time & money
  • Test Fitment using 3D printed parts
  • Move ideas to market faster
  • Multi-dimensional CAD models only provide so much information, but 3D printed part will reveal design flaws computer modeling cannot.
rapid prototype

With a large selection of Materials and Print Resolutions, we can build parts to suit all your project’s needs. From extrusions, injected molded parts, hardware and one off design concepts, if you can design it we can build it. Do you have a fabrication detail in mind, but you are not sure that it would work? We can rapid prototype fabrication details too. People often ask “How accurate is a prototype?” Here is a quick video of a custom knurled nut and bolt being prototyped on one of our 3D printers.

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