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A Guide To The Best Printers For 3D Rapid Prototyping Services
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Understanding the terms: 3D Printing vs. Rapid Prototyping vs. Additive Manufacturing

A guide is no guide without the initial definition of terms. And in this case, it’s 3D printing, rapid prototyping (RP), and additive manufacturing (AM).

For better understanding, 3D2GO discusses the definition and differences of the two.

 

3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping

3D printing and Rapid prototyping are both technologies. They are used in additive manufacturing which causes the confusion that they are similar. 

Technically, the terms have similarities because both make models with layers from STL data. On the other hand, there are important components that are sometimes ignored.

3D Printing Rapid Prototyping
Definition Manufacturing process. Application used in 3D printing.
Material Limited to PVC and other plastic materials.

But with the advancement of technology, new materials are starting to be made available.

Offers a wider range of material options.

But finding other material options is not possible.

Accuracy Limited to producing smaller parts. Utilizes more advanced specific part-accuracy technology.

 

3D printing and additive manufacturing can be used interchangeably. 

But to be more exact, 3D printing is used by the media and the general public which pertains to describing the process. 

Meanwhile, AM is a term commonly heard from professionals in the industrial sector. As for RP, it is one of the many applications under 3D printing and AM in regards to production.

 

What 3D printer suits your prototyping service request best?

3D printers are booming for personal, professional, and educational use. Moreso, our 3D printing and rapid prototyping services creates superior quality prototypes.

But before nosing your way in the business, we think it is only proper to introduce the top 3D printers. Like everything else, printers have their own niche that perfectly fits them. 

Let our list below help you pick which one that fits best for your ideas.

Pros Cons
Dremel DigiLab 3D45 • Good print quality

• User-friendly

• Can print via USB, USB thumb drive, ethernet, wifi

• Safe design

• Quiet processing/printing

• Limited filament colors
Original Prusa i3 MK3S+ • High-quality prints

• Easy to use but has powerful software

• Support multiple filament types

• Includes a 1KG PLA spool

• Build volume a little small compared to price
MakerBot Replicator+ • Good print quality

• User-friendly

• Can print via USB, USB thumb drive, ethernet, wifi

• Safe design

• Quiet processing/printing

• Safe design for open-frame printer

• Printer setup in mobile up might be tricky

• Pricey filament

Ultimaker S5 • Good print quality

• Dual extruder

• Large build volume

• Quiet processing/printing

• Easy setup & operation

• Touch screen

• Pricey

• Slow printing at default resolution

LulzBot Mini 2 • Easy setup & operation

• Quiet processing/printing

• Powerful software

• Support multiple filament types

• LCD with SD-card slot

• Self-leveling print bed

• Easy to remove objects from print bed

• Works with Window, MacOS X, and Linux

• Inconsistent print quality

• No bundle filament

• Open frame increases risk of burns from hot extruder

• Sparse connectivity options

Monoprice Mini Delta V2 • Quick and almost misprint-free

• Easy setup & operation

• Sturdy steel and aluminum frame

• Support multiple filament types

• Tiny build area

• Average print quality

XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 A Pro • Spacious build area

• Perfect for third party filaments

• Self-leveling print bed

• Build plate is not heated

• Limited to PLA & PETG filaments

• Guide tube prone to detaching

Anycubic i3 Mega S • Large build area

• Support multiple filament types

• Solid print quality

• Well known Cura software

• Difficult print-platform alignment

• Small coil filaments

• Poorly placed spool holder

 

Benefits of our rapid prototyping service

Outsourced or in-house, 3D printers speed up the rapid prototyping process significantly.

But it’s not just the work of 3D printers that make the perfect prototype or product. But it is also the professionals behind the printing apparatus itself. 

With professional in our 3D rapid prototyping services you:

Decrease Time to Market

Because of technology, brainstorming of deliverables is expected to be as short as possible. Months or years of traditional waiting times in the prototyping process are now possible to shorten into weeks or even days. This is an easily evident benefit of 3D Rapid Prototyping Services by 3D2Go.

Our printers precisely create your next project from a slightly tweaked design file much faster than the traditional tooling-based prototyping process. A speed-up in the designing cycle fundamentally improves time-to-market for a new product.

 

Test and Improve

We guarantee that each newly printed prototype will be one step better than its predecessor. 

Furthermore, we offer a life-sized functional prototype. This allows for a better understanding of that particular design’s pros and cons. As a result, the approval process is faster and more efficient. 

Our engineering team can do a test performance and get a feel for the look and feel of the prototype. We then report back our understanding and own evaluation of the model. This leads to improving any manufacturability issues or usability risks while still in the pre-production stages.

 

Competitive and Cost-Efficient Models

Along with speeding time-to-market, this may lead to the reduction of costs associated with lengthy design cycles. 

Getting a faster market for the product will reduce the price of longer, more tooling-intensive traditional workflows. Competitive positioning requires that development and introduction be quick. 

Moreover, large 3D printed models allow us to have several prototypes to be made at the same time. As a result, we can fasten the decision-making with different options for looks and/or feels.

 

Improve Effective Communication

With a fast turnaround comes the ease of opening up a conversation. It’s easier if the engineers on your and our team have the same understanding and vision of a process. We can quickly get the next physical prototype in hand and offer a clear point of reference. 

As each new prototype becomes closer to how you want them, small and large adjustments both become easier to understand for the all teams involved.

 

We’re offer more than just a prototyping service

3D Rapid Prototyping Services by 3D2Go along with our 3D printing services perfectly work together for better and faster engineering. 

With the advantages stated above, 3D printing offers a new solution for a faster time to market. As a result, better-tested, cost-efficient rapid prototyping becomes the winning factor for your engineering team.

Contact us for more information about our 3D Rapid Prototyping Services!