Functional Prototyping

Creating high-quality production tooling units manufactured in-house and in just a few hours with our Production Series 3D Printers. 







3D Printing - Functional Prototyping Solutions 

Functional prototyping with engineering thermoplastics or digital materials will show you how your product will perform before you commit to a production line. Get your prototypes to market faster by building models quickly in-house or by utilizing the Proto3000 Services Team. Correct errors and make improvements early in the design process to increase cost effectiveness and reduce production times by using 3D printing technology. 

For functional prototypes in production-grade thermoplastics such as ABS and PC, and for high-performance prototypes that withstand thermal, chemical and mechanical stress, rely on Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology. Tough prototypes and custom test fixtures will help you take functional testing to a new level for highly qualified performance.

For amazingly realistic prototypes with the look and feel of your next finished product, including soft-touch parts, clear components, and living hinges, take advantage of the PolyJet 3D printing technology. With the capability to print multiple materials in one automated build, and rubberlike materials in a range of shore values, you can test and experiment in a timely manner. 

How it works 

In order to have a prototype that not only looks and feels, but also acts like the real product, you need to utilize 3D printing technology, such as Polyjet and FDM. Using the line of 3D printers at the Proto3000 manufacturing facility, the 3D Printing Services Team is able to provide you with the required materials and the right 3D printing solution to create your functional prototypes. Our services team also provides function testing as a service based on demand. Don't have a CAD file of your prototype? Our 3D Engineering team will create a precise and highly detailed .STL file, which is a necessary tool for 3D printing your models. 

The Proto3000 Advantage

Proto3000 offers Services besides our advanced and well-selected 3D printer product line. If you wish to purchase a 3D printer or simply would like to utilize our Services department, please do not hesitate to contact us.  If you want to speak to a LIVE PERSON - CALL 1-888-88-PROTO (77686). 


Dynamic Friction Coefficient

It simulates the mechanical function of end products by 3D printing parts using PolyJet photopolymers with precise dynamic friction coefficients — all in a single build.

Friction is the resistance that one surface or object encounters when moving over another. The friction coefficient of a prototype’s surface simulates the end product’s mechanical properties. A well–designed prototype that takes friction into consideration will have an improved grip for the end user, reduced part wear, simulated movement functionality and sliding abilities.

Connex printing systems now creates what was impossible or costly to prototype. Its ability to print several materials in one build process, allows Connex systems to produce prototypes with varying friction areas on one given part.

Contact the Proto3000 Services Team for further information on how we can help you with this solution. If you want to speak to a LIVE PERSON - CALL 1-888-88-PROTO (77686). 

Living Hinges 

PolyJet 3D Printing materials, including Rubber–like Digital Materials, have excellent elongation–to–break characteristics and superior tear resistance that can be used for flexible hinges that can be used over and over without breaking. You can now create long–lasting, functional prototypes of products with thin flexible hinge (flexure bearing) made from plastic that joins two rigid parts.

Connex printing systems can print parts with living hinges easily and quickly, due to the excellent elongation–to–break properties and very good tear resistance of Digital Materials. These two qualities allow for the creation of living hinges that endure repeated bending and flexing.

The Proto3000 Services Team is waiting for your call to help you with making sure that your living hinges mechanics is working to perfection.If you want to speak to a LIVE PERSON - CALL 1-888-88-PROTO (77686). 


Simulating Overmolding

PolyJet 3D Printing technology has modernized product design with the capability to jet two or more materials at the same time to create prototypes with ready–printed overmolded parts. 

Combine materials to seamlessly bind rigid parts together by simulating the look of multiple parts being manufactured together without using bonding or gluing techniques. 

Call the Proto3000 Services team today to see how we can Overmold YOUR Prototypes. If you want to speak to a LIVE PERSON - CALL 1-888-88-PROTO (77686). 

Soft Touch Parts 

During the design process, nothing helps you appreciate what a product will really be like more than a 3D model that looks and feels like the end product. PolyJet technology’s wide range of rigid materials and elastic rubber-like materials offer smooth finishes, high level of detail and ability to jet a variety of materials on a single build tray. Incorporate buttons, knobs and soft components to create a realistic look and feel to your prototype. 

Get in contact with the Proto3000 services team today to get a jump start on adding the soft touch parts to your product. If you want to speak to a LIVE PERSON - CALL 1-888-88-PROTO (77686). 

Surrogate Parts 

Some component’s only function is to occupy the space that it will take in the final product.  Claiming this space offers assessment and confirmation of critical installation issues such as assembly, serviceability, routing and interfaces. It also permits assessment of product performance aspects that are badly affected by clearance from a neighboring sub-assembly.

Call the Proto3000 services team right now to ensure that Your surrogate parts are ready to be placed within your product. If you want to speak to a LIVE PERSON - CALL 1-888-88-PROTO (77686).

Wind Tunnel Testing

Wind–tunnel testing is an essential part of the design process in many businesses, it is used to verify and tune the aerodynamic properties of solid objects. Whether an object is static or mobile, wind tunnels provide an understanding into the effects of air as it moves over or around the test model.

Contact the Proto3000 team to help you get started with you Wind Tunnel Testing. If you want to speak to a LIVE PERSON - CALL 1-888-88-PROTO (77686). 


The Technology Used for Creating 3D Printed Tools 

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology 

Using FDM technology allows affordability and durability by printing concept models with production-grade thermoplastics. 
FDM 3D Printers are office friendly and they produce small models in hours and large models in days. The FDM printed models can be drilled, sanded and painted according to your preference to create a perfect finishing of your prototype. 


PolyJet 3D Printing Technology

As a 3D printing process, this technology produces amazingly realistic models. The printing technology builds accurate models by incorporating multiple materials into one automated part to create prototypes that look and feel like finished products. With fine details, smooth surfaces, rigid housings, soft-touch buttons, lettering, rubberlike seals and even clear components, your models can look the part at a trade show, a presentation or even during a sales pitch. 



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