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How to Find Success With 3D Printed Rapid Prototypes in Manufacturing and Engineering

In this free e-book, learn from six real-world examples of 3D printing rapid prototyping success in manufacturing and engineering.

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  • Applications of Rapid Prototyping
  • PLENGoer Robotics
  • A&M Tool
  • Paralenz
  • Wöhler
  • Albatross Bikes


Rapid prototyping is used in a variety of industries, by Fortune 500 companies and small businesses alike, to speed up development, decrease costs, improve communication, and ultimately create better products. Prototyping is an integral part of any design process; holding a physical draft of a product illuminates the ideas and concepts behind a feature, allowing for functional parts to be produced and tested at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.

The emergence of desktop 3D printing has enabled rapid same-day prototyping to become feasible in product development, allowing companies to get better products to market faster than their competition. With in-house 3D printing, engineers can quickly iterate between digital designs and physical prototypes. It is now possible to create multiple prototypes within the same workday and carry out quick iterations of design, size, shape, or assembly based on the results of real-life testing and analysis.

Formlabs desktop printers have become integral in many businesses’ rapid prototyping processes. In this section, you’ll meet four teams driving innovation and improvement over traditional processes with the addition of 3D printing.

Applications of Rapid Prototyping

Thanks to a variety of available technologies and materials, rapid prototyping with 3D printing supports designers and engineers throughout product development, from initial concept models to engineering, validation, and production.

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