Prototyping in Show Quality vs. Standard 3D Printing

Get Your Prototype Ready for Market Testing—Without Tooling!

When you’re launching a new product, it’s not always advisable to immediately spend big bucks on mass production. In fact, for the market testing stage, you often only need a couple of prototypes to showcase at a trade show or exhibit. Displaying show quality prototypes allows you to present your product to prospective clients and fill your sales funnel in advance without paying for the cost of actual tooling upfront (Injection molds can cost upwards of $75,000 or more!). You not only reduce  your costs, but you also avoid the hassle of storing a garage full of products!

What makes show quality prototyping different from standard 3D printing?   

Show Quality Prototyping vs. Standard 3D Printing

The main difference between show quality prototyping and standard 3D printing is the finishing work applied to the part. With standard 3D printing, a part can look and feel unpolished. With show quality prototyping, however, your product gets Class A treatment to achieve a realistic look before tooling up!

Techniques Used for Show Quality Prototyping

At Polyhistor International, we make show quality prototypes specifically for pitching to customers or showcasing at exhibitions.

To make your product look fantastic, we use:

  • 3D Printing
  • Sanding, blasting, and vapor finishing to remove print layers
  • Handcrafting for the most minute details
  • Priming
  • Painting (we offer automotive grade matte, gloss, metallic, and textured finishes in any color)
  • Graphics (we use vinyl, print, or airbrushing for final details)
  • Soft-touch clear coating for a soft feel finish

Not every 3D printing service bureau offers show quality finishing, but Polyhistor International certainly does! We have over 25 years of experience and a strong commitment to quality. Your success is our success. So give us a call today!