​   With multi-material printing
   capabilities, print different finishes
   and features in a single build.




3D Printing Solutions | Applications by Proto3000

Proto3000's 3D printing equipment offers unparalleled versatility and capability. Our 3D printing solutions will assist in replicating the product used in the final application. This capability ensures product testing, prototyping and design development can all be completed in one place. Here are just a few of the applications we have encountered. 


The moulding process in which two or more materials are combined to produce a single part is often known as overmoulding. The part is created by seamlessly binding a rigid plastic with a rubber-like elastomer. Resulting part is comprised of a soft-touch, non-slip surface and a durable foundation

Soft Touch Coating

In recent years, thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) based multimaterial molded products have found widespread adoption in various industries and daily life.Soft touch coating is used by many industries during the product development and design process

Labeling and Texturing

Multi-material 3D printing, and the ability to print two materials simultaneously, gives Connex 3D printing systems the ability to jet in different grey scaling settings to achieve labeling and texturing techniques. Objet 3D printers are so accurate and precise, it permits users to achieve high quality printing for the fine details needed in labeling and texturing.

Living Hinges

A living hinge is an alternative solution when designing parts that require flexible connectors. Prior to Connex 3D printing machines, these hinges would be made up of cloth, leather, or some other substance, but now can be created using a plastic. The hinge permits the two conjoined plastic parts to bend along the line of the hinge.

Dynamic Friction Coefficient

Friction is defined as the force that opposes the relative motion or tendency of such motion of two surfaces in contact. The friction coefficient of a prototype’s surface is a functional component, not an aesthetic one, and simulates the end product’s mechanical properties.A well-designed prototype that takes friction into consideration can have the following advantages: an improved grip for the enduser, reduced part wear, simulated movement functionality and sliding abilities

Gaskets Plugs and Seals

Plugs, gaskets and seals are common consumer products used in day-to-day tasks. When being designed the prototypes need to provide seamless solutions to the masses, not much room for error. To ensure a tight seal, plugs are typically made from a soft material such as rubber or have a soft outer ring so that they can be fitted to holes slightly smaller than their diameter.

Shock Absorption

Shock and energy-absorbing components are often used as a safety measure to absorb runaway energy in case of a component or system failure. The benefit of having these designs prototyped or 3D printed lie in the final result of safe and reliable products. Shock absorbing components include bumpers, isolators, fasteners mounts, spacers, and pads. Common industries are consumer products, automotive, and manufacturing

Impact Resistance

Impact resistance, or toughness, is defined by the relative susceptibility of plastics to fracture or break under stress tests applied at high speeds. In materials science and metallurgy, impact resistance is a materials resistance to fracture when stressed.


Product Development Testing

Test a physical copy of your product before you mass produce it to save time, money and effort. Perform tests involving friction to resistance, flexibility, durability impact and shock. Rapid prototyping your model is a great way to enhance your research and development efforts and product development cycle.



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