Functional & Engineering Prototype

Use your beta prototype for form, fit and mechanical testings

Imagine how much money you could save by performing all your tests on a functional prototype before going to production. In fact, working prototypes is indispensable and should be seen as an essential phase in the product development process. Being able to obtain Form fit prototyping parts quickly to test for component fit and function can help get your product to market faster than your competition. Adjustments in design, materials, size, shape, assembly, color, manufacturability and strength can be made following the results of your engineering prototype testing and analysis.

We offer several engineering prototype services that allow you to test your engineering designs form fit prototyping thoroughly:

CNC Machining
Vacuum Casting
Rapid Tooling in aluminium molds

CNC Machining

This method produces superior strength and surface finish to any additive process. It also has the complete, homogenous properties of the plastic because it is made from solid blocks of extruded or compression molded thermoplastic resin, as opposed to the additive processes which use plastic like materials and are built in layers. The wide range of material choices allows working prototype to be made with the desired material properties, such as: tensile strength, impact resistance, heat deflection temperatures, chemical resistance and biocompatibility. Good tolerances yield parts suitable for fit and functional testing.

Vacuum Casting

Vacuum casting is a copying technique typically used for the production of small series (10 to 20 copies) functional prototype. A broad range of polyurethanes with different physical properties enables the production of engineering prototype to be used for functional testing under different conditions including mechanical load, thermal load and chemically aggressive environments.

Rapid Tooling in Aluminium molds

Aluminium tooling is a fast and cost-effective method generating production quality components in drastically reduced lead-times. The technology allows Materialise to offer prototype tools in no time. As delivery times can take up to 16 weeks and more, traditional tool making remains one of the slowest and most expensive steps in the injection moulding business. Consequently, only the more conservative ideas could ever make it to the market, because the smallest of mistakes or issues can be very costly. Aluminium tooling allows a designer to experiment more and to launch ingenious and daring products. By using aluminium mould tools, you can have your fully functional prototype in the production material in no time and moreover, there is no need to worry about unnecessary costs…

Have an idea in mind? Contact us for more information – or request a quote and get started today.