Prototyping is one of the most common uses of stereolithography (SL) technology for concept and communication models and functional fit -and-form designs.  The prototypes can be tested and developed before investing in mass production.

Advantages of 3D printing prototypes:

  • The ability to produce complex parts with extreme accuracy and crisp detail
  • Smooth side-wall surface quality for hand or paint finishes
  • Ease of design reiteration
  • High tolerances

The most common applications for prototyping are concept and communication models and functional form-and-fit prototypes.

Concept and

Produce visual aids or mock-ups to communicate projects ideas or test and critique projects.

Models can be produced from 3D scan and CAD design that are then sent to print. This offers industries from architectural through to medical, the ability to produce models with complex, detailed geometries quickly and accurately.

Traditional methods of model making can be a time-consuming process, with models lacking the accuracy and detail required. 3D printing allows users to build large models with smooth and accurate, crisp part side-wall quality, which reduces the need for post-processing, resulting in cost and time savings. It is also a good base for paint finishes so projects are completed quickly and efficiently.


3D print functional form-and-fit prototypes to develop a “looks like, feels like” product before future production investment.

This includes realistic detailing, actual sizing and accurate weight of how the final product would look.

SL 3D printing offers many benefits for functional form-and-fit prototypes due to the ability to print complex and detailed designs with high accuracy and smooth surfaces.

Read more about how industries are using the NEO for this specific application below.

Customer stories

RPS NEO800 technology to produce 3D printed prototype parts for BAC Mono R supercar

One3D utilise the NEO800 to provide 3D printed lens prototypes for automotive industry

Ogle Models build the world’s first portable food testing device prototype