Rapid Prototypes

Quick iterations with true-to-life 3D-printed models

In this essential stage of the product development process, you need prototypes that deliver, and you need them fast. Build and test fully-functional or visual models that match your final design with a combination of materials, technologies, and finishes tailored specifically to your needs.  

View of the middle section of a geometrical, 3D-printed chair seat from a 3D-printed prototype of a customized, futuristic-looking wheelchair, using multiple 3D printing materials. The seat is lattice-structured and made of a translucent gray resin. The wheel spokes are made of 3D-printed metal.

Why choose 3D printing?

Shorten your lead times

Get models that work and get them fast. Speed up your design cycles for a shorter time-to-market while reducing costs along the way. 

Iterate quickly and often 

With digital design iteration, you can test and improve your parts as often as necessary without costly investment in tooling, getting you to your optimal design faster and affordably.

Create accurate, functional models 

Build and test highly-detailed models that look and work like the real thing in true-to-life situations. Access a wide range of technologies and materials, from those perfect for creating impeccable surfaces and capturing intricate details to robust, engineering-grade metals and polymers.  

Rapid prototyping success stories

Discover how additive manufacturing helped these companies create visual and functional prototypes quickly

Prototype of a new design of glass bottle printed in TuskXC2700W
Glass packaging manufacturer Verallia chose SLA material, TuskXC2700T, for a high-end prototype of a distinctive new olive oil bottle.
Prototype of a car headlight, with transparent parts printed in TuskXC2700T
The high resolution and smooth surface of TuskXC2700T make it an ideal choice for prototyping transparent parts like this Aston Martin headlight.
A black 3D-printed racing-style steering wheel made in Taurus using stereolithography.
Taurus’s low porosity and dark color make it a good choice for automotive prototyping, especially in a production environment.
Replica of Shell's ExR-1 robot, including cameras and wheels
Through a combination of 3D printing technologies, materials, and finishing techniques, Materialise produced two replicas of Shell's ExR-1 robot.


Get inspired for your next project with a look at how others have benefited from 3D printing for prototypes. 

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Other applications

Small series production

Discover how you can reduce your time-to-market, improve performance, and optimize your supply chain with 3D printing.

A series of metal 3D-printed production line parts