If you’re looking for rapid prototyping services, our group of project managers can guide you through the many rapid prototyping processes, including 3D printing to achieve exactly what you are looking for. Schmit Prototypes 3D printing capabilities include FDM, Polyjet and Stereolithography (SLA). Each 3D printer has their specific advantages; please consult with a project manager to decide which 3D printing technology best fits your specific needs.

Rapid Prototyping


Rapid prototyping/3D printing is the process of taking 3D data and turning that data into a physical model in a very short time frame. At Schmit Prototypes, we utilize various rapid prototyping/3D printing processes to produce the best visual rapid prototypes in the industry. Schmit Prototypes most commonly utilizes the Stereolithography (SLA) process because of our large build capacity and fine build resolution.


Stereolithography (SLA), is the 3D printing process most commonly used by Schmit Prototypes to create master patterns for urethane casting. SLA parts can also easily be finished and painted to be used for visual models. SLA parts are usually built with a 0.004″ layer and build quickly on our two 3D Systems iPro 8000’s.


FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) is another 3D printing method offered by Schmit Prototypes. Our FDM machine can build with a 0.010″ or 0.013″ layer. Schmit Prototypes’ FDM parts are built in ABS which has excellent strength and thermal properties.


3D printing on our Polyjet gives Schmit Prototypes the ability to print parts with an incredible 0.0006″ layer. Fine details, small text and smooth surfaces are exactly what the Polyjet delivers.

Rapid Prototyping/3D Printing Applications:

  • Conceptual foam mockups
  • Visual models (working or static)
  • Engineering models
  • Anatomical models
  • Stereolithography (SLA) parts
  • Short run production parts
  • Oversized displays/props
  • FDM
  • Polyjet

Stereolithography (SLA) Resins:

Schmit Prototypes uses 3D Systems Accura Xtreme 200 White and  Accura Xtreme Gray in our 3D Systems iPro 8000’s

SLA/FDM/Polyjet Delivery:

At Schmit Prototypes the average delivery time for 3D printed parts is 1-3 days depending on part geometry, volume and level of finishing/painting.

Why Rapid Prototyping/3D printing?

  • Rapid prototyping provides quick lead times.
  • Rapid prototyping can decrease costly mistakes by detecting design flaws before the manufacturing process.
  • Rapid prototyping/3D printing is a cost-effective option for low-volume production.



November 10, 2015

3D Printing

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