Creating prototype models is an essential part of the design process and presentation. There are several methods used within ABID for creating prototype models. The method applied will depend on the client’s requirements.

Scale Model 1:X

When the client desires a scale model of a design, the model is made at the desired size. The advantage of a scale model is that it can be easily transported to presentations or investors. The price of a scale prototype model is usually lower than a 1:1 prototype, but the model doesn’t have to be less impressive. Hinges, lighting, finishing, everything can be built as beautifully and lifelike as possible. Our prototype models leave nothing to the imagination. At a glance, you can evaluate your own idea.

Full-Scale Model 1:1

Over the years, various clients have had 1:1 prototype models made using our printers. The models can be finished to the client’s specifications. Sometimes a 3D printed model is delivered directly from the machine. In other cases, the client prefers a fully puttyed and painted product with the finishing quality of a car.

The 1:1 products can be as large as LxWxH = 3m x 1m x 2m, fully 3D printed and assembled.

Handcrafted Models & prototype

Clay models, foam models, combined material models (foam, MDF, metal)

To get a good initial impression of a design, its form, and dimensions, we create spit models or visual models. A spit model is an important tool in the ideation phase of a project to quickly represent different ideas. Visual models primarily aim to assess the design of the product or design.

At ABID, we develop these types of models using various materials. We select a material based on processing speed, end result, and finishing possibilities. Materials we work with include clay, plasticine, PU foams in various hardnesses, MDF, and sheet metal or plastic.

Our first project in 2003 was the implementation of Rapid Prototyping in the R&D department of a large international company. Due to our background in industrial design, knowledge of 3D printing and rapid prototyping was instilled in us during our education.

Since 2012, ABID has been working with in-house 3D printers.

Our first printer was an Ultimaker Original (info here), and we pushed its limits extensively. From car miniatures to medical devices, we utilized it for our innovations and challenges. This provided us with a good understanding of the limitations but also the opportunities of 3D printing.
Today, we work with a BambuLabs Carbon X1 FDM machine (info here) and collaborate with partners who have large machines, up to 1000 x 1000 x 1000 mm.

From idea to end product, we are here to assist you. Feel free to contact us.

Unique Multi-axis FDM 3D Printer

Since 2018, ABID has been working on its own machining station for creating splints, orthoses, and prostheses. Through our experience with standard 3D printers, we saw an opportunity to create stronger and lighter 3D printed products on a custom-designed machine. A machine that, like us as a design bureau, does things a little differently…

The result:

Our in-house developed 5-axis 3D printer provides the capability to create stronger and more freely shaped products. Through a unique combination of materials, all products can be printed stronger than on a traditional 3D printer.

This project is still in development. If you are interested in our technique or would like to have a product made on our machine, please contact us. We are more than happy to assist you and can provide a demonstration if desired.

Low-pressure Casting

In low-pressure casting, resin is poured into a mold. This mold can be made of various materials. After curing, the product is removed from the mold. This production method is used when a small series is desired. When the client wants to test or stress the product, low-pressure casting is also chosen because it produces a stronger product than a 3D printed one.

Vacuum Forming

In vacuum forming, a sheet material is pulled over a mold using a vacuum. Because we have access to heat-resistant materials in our 3D printers, the molds for vacuum forming can be made faster and cheaper than traditional molds.