Technologies overview

3D printing
SLS Selective Laser Sintering
Quick implementation
Stable over time
Any geometry
From small to large formats
Also rubbery material
Porous (but waterproof after treatment)
3D printing
SLA stereolithography
Any geometry
For small and medium formats
Great variety of available materials (rigid, elastic, transparent, high temperature)
3D printing with FDM wire Economic
For small and medium formats
Final material (ABS of various colors)
Low Speed
Low Resolution
Thermoforming Series and pre-series
Final material
For small and medium formats
Print volume: 800×600 (Or 1000x500x100)
Must be demouldable (no undercuts)
Control milling
Numerical Computerized CNC
Materials: wood, resins, aluminum Must be demouldable (no undercuts)
Silicone molds Preseries
For small and medium formats
Great availability of materials (transparent, rigid, soft, rubber, etc.)
Must be demouldable
Laser cutting Cutting up to 20mm thick (Transparent Plastic)
Great availability of materials (plastic, wood, leather, etc.)
For sheet material only
Metal castings For small quantities it is cheaper than the traditional clay mold
Speed ​​of Execution
Mechanical recovery by the customer
Structural reinforcements Increased mechanical strength of otherwise fragile plastic parts Not aesthetic
Traditional Model Maximum Versatility
Ability to assemble prototypes using multiple technologies
Ability to modify or repair existing models
Aesthetic Treatments
(Varnish, Cubication, Metallization)
Maximum customization of prototypes
Aesthetic finish suitable for Fairs and Marketing
Reverse Engineering Reduced design time starting from existing models (clay, objects, etc.)
Possibility of replicating works of art
Very cheap point cloud (STL) return.
High travel costs