Rapid Prototyping Services in the UK

Explore the advantages of our Rapid Prototyping service tailored for UK engineers and designers. With rapid prototyping, you can swiftly implement and iterate design modifications.

Experience rapid part delivery in as little as 3 days, backed by our responsive and efficient production capabilities. Benefit from our ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949 certifications, ensuring quality and reliability throughout the prototyping process. Partner with us for agile prototyping solutions that accelerate innovation and time-to-market.

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Due to the diverse array of manufacturing technologies and materials at our disposal, our prototypes excel in both functional and visual testing scenarios.

Rapid Prototyping Services

What is Rapid Prototyping?

Rapid prototyping is a dynamic product development approach leveraging advanced manufacturing technologies to swiftly generate multiple iterations of a component for thorough testing and assessment. Among these technologies, 3D printing stands out for its cost-effectiveness and rapid turnaround time of 1-3 business days. Additionally, other popular rapid prototyping methods include CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and rapid injection molding.

The fundamental principles of rapid prototyping are speed and cost-efficiency, enabling the creation of multiple prototype designs simultaneously or facilitating the rapid iteration of a single prototype with varied designs and materials within a short timeframe. These prototypes yield crucial insights that empower engineers to make informed design choices before progressing to more sophisticated models for functional testing and production.

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Is rapid prototyping 3D printing?

Rapid prototyping is not exclusively 3D printing, although 3D printing is a common and popular method used within rapid prototyping. Rapid prototyping encompasses a range of manufacturing techniques aimed at quickly creating prototypes for testing and evaluation during the product development process.

While 3D printing is often chosen for rapid prototyping due to its speed, affordability, and ability to produce complex geometries, other methods like CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and rapid injection molding also fall under the umbrella of rapid prototyping.

The key distinction is that rapid prototyping is a strategy or approach to product development focused on accelerating the iteration and testing of designs to inform decision-making, while 3D printing is a specific technology within this broader framework.

In summary, rapid prototyping leverages various manufacturing technologies, including 3D printing, to expedite the development of prototypes. Choosing the right rapid prototyping method depends on factors such as desired material properties, complexity of the design, and testing requirements during the product development cycle.

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What is the basic principle of rapid prototyping?

Key principles of rapid prototyping include:

  1. Speed: Rapid prototyping aims to accelerate the development timeline by swiftly creating prototypes. This speed enables faster iteration cycles and quicker decision-making.
  2. Iteration: The ability to produce multiple iterations of a design rapidly allows for continuous refinement based on feedback and testing results. Iterative development helps to improve the design’s functionality, usability, and performance.
  3. Cost-Effectiveness: Rapid prototyping can be more cost-effective compared to traditional prototyping methods, as it reduces the time and resources required to create and test prototypes.
  4. Early Validation: By creating prototypes early in the design process, rapid prototyping facilitates early validation of design concepts and ideas. This validation helps to identify and address potential issues or improvements before investing in full-scale production.
  5. Flexibility: Rapid prototyping offers flexibility in material selection and manufacturing techniques, allowing designers to experiment with different materials and processes to achieve desired characteristics and functionalities.
  6. Collaboration and Communication: Physical or digital prototypes serve as effective tools for communication and collaboration among team members, stakeholders, and end-users. They provide a tangible representation of the design vision and facilitate discussions and decision-making.

When should rapid prototyping be used?

Rapid prototyping should be used in the early stages of product development when you need to quickly iterate and test different design concepts. It’s ideal for validating ideas, refining features, and gathering feedback from stakeholders and end-users. By using rapid prototyping, you can accelerate the design process, reduce development costs, and mitigate risks associated with launching a new product.

Specifically, consider using rapid prototyping:

  1. Idea Validation: When you have multiple concepts or ideas and need to test which one resonates best with your target audience.
  2. Design Iteration: When you want to refine and optimize product features based on user feedback or internal testing.
  3. User Testing: When you need to conduct usability tests or gather real-world feedback to improve user experience.
  4. Reducing Time-to-Market: When speed is crucial and you want to get your product to market faster than traditional development methods allow.
  5. Cost-Effective Development: When you want to minimize development costs by identifying and addressing potential issues early in the process.

Why Choose Modo Rapid for Rapid Prototyping?

At Modo Rapid, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional rapid prototyping services tailored to meet your project needs. Here’s why you should choose us:

1. Fast Turnaround Time

  • Rapid Delivery: Benefit from quick turnaround times of 1-7 days for both plastic and metal prototype parts.

2. Quality Assurance

  • Certified Excellence: We are certified under IATF 16949 and ISO 9001 standards, ensuring the highest quality and reliability in our prototyping processes.

3. Precision and Accuracy

  • Advanced Equipment: Our facility is equipped with two German-made ZEISS CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine) devices, guaranteeing precision up to 0.001mm.
  • Comprehensive Solutions: From concept to production, we offer end-to-end prototyping services tailored to your specifications.
  • Experienced Team: Our team of experts is dedicated to delivering superior results and exceeding client expectations.
  • Customer Satisfaction: We prioritize customer satisfaction, offering personalized support and guidance throughout the prototyping process.

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Rapid Prototyping Manufacturing Process

Explore the range of rapid manufacturing services offered by Modo Rapid, providing efficient and cost-effective solutions for creating prototypes. Our advanced technologies and expertise allow for quick turnaround times and high-quality results across various manufacturing processes.

1. 3D Printing

Discover the versatility of 3D printing, a popular choice for rapid prototyping. Utilizing state-of-the-art additive manufacturing techniques, we produce parts swiftly and affordably using a range of metals and plastics.

2. CNC Machining

Benefit from our CNC machining services, ideal for prototyping due to its flexibility in design modifications and rapid iteration capabilities. Our CNC machined parts are crafted with precision and accuracy, available in a wide selection of materials with expedited shipping within 10 days.

3. Sheet Metal Fabrication

Experience rapid sheet metal fabrication tailored for quick-turn flat parts. Evaluate prototypes in their final metal material efficiently, with production timelines of a week or less. Our cost-effective approach allows for parallel production of multiple designs.

4. Injection Moulding

Unlock the potential of rapid injection moulding for durable and identical parts suitable for high-fidelity product evaluations. This process offers excellent repeatability and final net shapes, serving as bridge tooling for temporary production. Initial parts are typically delivered within 2-3 weeks.

Modo Rapid specializes in delivering rapid prototyping solutions that meet the diverse needs of your projects. Contact us today to start transforming your ideas into tangible prototypes efficiently and effectively.

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

    • FDM uses thermoplastic materials to build models layer by layer, suitable for rapid production of low-cost prototypes with the benefits of simplicity and user-friendliness.

Stereolithography (SLA)

    • SLA uses UV-curable liquid resin to create high-precision prototypes, allowing for the rapid production of complex geometries with superior surface quality and detail, ideal for applications requiring high-quality finishes.

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

    • SLS uses laser-sintered powder materials to produce complex parts without the need for support structures, suitable for rapid production of heat-resistant and durable prototypes.

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)

    • DMLS utilizes laser-sintered metal powder to quickly produce high-strength, corrosion-resistant metal prototypes, ideal for end-use parts or small-batch production.


    • PolyJet enables multi-material and multi-color printing, suitable for creating complex prototypes with diverse characteristics, offering high precision and excellent surface quality.

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CNC Milling

    • CNC milling utilizes rotary cutters to remove material from a workpiece, allowing for precise and accurate production of prototype parts with complex shapes and features. It offers versatility in material selection and can produce prototypes quickly.

CNC Turning

    • CNC turning uses a lathe to rotate a workpiece while cutting tools remove material, suitable for producing cylindrical or rotational parts with high precision. This method is efficient for creating rapid prototypes of components with rotational symmetry.

CNC Drilling

    • CNC drilling involves the use of rotating drill bits to create holes in a workpiece with precise depth and diameter control. It is ideal for prototyping parts that require specific hole patterns or features.

Laser Cutting

    • Laser cutting utilizes a high-powered laser beam to cut through sheet metal with precision and speed, allowing for the rapid production of prototype parts with intricate designs and tight tolerances. This method is ideal for creating quick-turn prototypes without the need for expensive tooling.

Bending and Forming

    • Bending and forming processes shape sheet metal into desired configurations, offering flexibility in prototype design. Rapid sheet metal bending and forming allow for the quick evaluation of prototype parts in their final material, providing insights into manufacturability and functionality.

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Rapid Injection Moulding

Rapid injection molding offers the advantage of quickly producing a series of identical, high-quality parts suitable for detailed product evaluations and testing. This process allows for efficient validation of designs before moving into full-scale production, reducing time-to-market and development costs.

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