The production of a functional prototype using a 3D printer generally takes less than 24 hours and prevents the need for costly technical modifications while shortening the period of time required for the product to be introduced to the market. It also enhances the product of the final product.
The main prototyping procedures during physical tests are:
- Functionality, form and assembly testing
- Touch and finish testing - Shock resistance testing - Solvent resistance and temperature testing - Medical compatibility testing
Through physical testing conducted during 3D printing it is possible to know the appearance and expected performance of a product from the production stage onwards with the use of materials such as engineering thermoplastics and digital materials making it possible to conduct a wide range of such tests.