Our Difference

3D Systems On Demand delivers a unique combination of 3D printing and materials technologies, traditional subtractive production processes, engineering expertise, and artistic finishing skills near you to make your designs come to life early in the product development stage.

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  • Accelerating the Design Process

    Whatever you are developing and producing – we are able to supply an appearance model with identical ‘look-and-feel’ characteristics and functions to your final production part.

    Our team of experts and artisans select from a wide range of additive and subtractive technologies, combined with craftsmanship precision and a range of finishing options to make your design come to life.

  • Appearance model for Lupe

    Realistic prototypes helped Lupe show a high-quality product to retail, trade, and investors.

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    Highly realistic models can be used for aesthetic review, trade shows, presentations, as well as functional testing.

  • Wide Range of Production and Finishing Processes

    With the high variety of technologies, a broad range of materials and finishing options, we make your designs come to life early in the product development process:

    • Plastic Additive manufacturing (Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Figure 4)
    • Metal Additive manufacturing (DMP)
    • CNC machining
    • Toolmaking
    • Sheet metal processing
    • Assembly (with hinges, closures, etc.)
    • Finishing
    • A wide range of surface treatment options
    • Integration of electronics and mechatronics including programming
  • ODM Appearance Model MRI front

    Scaled appearance model for a Philips Ingenia 1.5T scanner used a combination of technologies and precise finishing.

  • Identical Look-and-Feel Models

    There are virtually no limits (except those of physics) in mimicking the quality and aesthetics of the real product. This is true for details like radius, soft edges, flashes, gaps and graphics. It is also true for the ‘look-and-feel’ of the future product. We are experts in surface treatments like painting, chroming and foiling. In our paint mixing room, we are able to match colors exactly to any reference supplied by our customers.

  • ODM On Demand Manufacturing Appearance Model speaker

    There are virtually no limits (except those of physics) in mimicking the quality and aesthetics of the real product.

  • Expertise and Experience

    Over more than thirty years, we have gained comprehensive experience in producing appearance models for many brands.

    Some current examples include:
    • Mobile phones for internal design reviews / sign-offs
    • Models of complex offshore equipment for trade fairs
    • Refrigerators with hinges & lighting
    • Complete car interiors with cockpit, seating, doors etc
    • Fully functional clock radios
    • Headphones and hearing aids
    • Premium washbasins
    • Taps, valves and fittings for washbasins
    • 1:5 models of computer tomographs and MRT systems

Processes Available for Appearance Models

Customer Stories
Lupe relies on 3D Systems’ On Demand services to produce functional pre-production appearance models that drive the most successful vacuum Kickstarter campaign to-date. ...
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Outsourced SLA printing with 3D Systems’ 3D printing services enables tech-savvy architectural firm to deliver high quality project within tight timelines....
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3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing experts help restore UNESCO World Heritage Site with scan-to-CAD workflow and SLS printing ...
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Additional On Demand Manufacturing Services

  • What Can You 3D Print With Metals?

    Design, test and produce metal parts with 3D printing that are simply not possible with standard manufacturing. Create lightweight, high-strength structures and deliver new capabilities.

  • Advantages of Plastic 3D Printing

    3D print with plastics to build almost anything - used for prototyping, manufacturing, anatomical models and more. Select a plastic material and 3D technology to deliver the characteristics you need.

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    Our extensive and versatile portfolio of 3D printing materials addresses the widest range of applications and performance characteristics in additive manufacturing, with plastic, elastomer, composite, wax, metal, bio-compatible and more material types.

  • a screenshot of 3D System's Cimatron software


    Our engineering software enables the creation of 3D data from scans, design and using that data in manufacturing, 3D printing and 3D inspection of production parts.

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    As the originator of 3D printing, 3D Systems offers a wide range of 3D printing technologies -- from metal to plastics, and from entry-level to production systems.

  • Need help? We’re here.

    With advanced manufacturing facilities around the world, our team of application engineers provides industry and manufacturing expertise, all with localized support. We offer 24/7 access online, or you can contact our facilities directly and a project manager can help you with your needs.