Rapid Prototyping

Rapid prototyping is one of the most exciting manufacturing innovations. Rapid prototyping will change manufacturing on the same scale that CNC revolutionized manufacturing 30 years ago. K-Form provides this relatively new process to customers as part of our comprehensive service vision.

Rapid prototyping breaks many of the design restrictions inherent to traditional manufacturing processes. CNC machining requires careful considerations of tooling, work-holding, and material. Rapid Prototyping, although not without issue, alleviates many concerns. Designs with sharp internal corners are possible. Internal structures hidden from the reach of an end mill are no problem. K-Form has printed unique parts for Aerospace, Life Sciences, and even a U.S. Olympic team.

Rapid Prototyping Processes

K-Form offers SLA, SLS, FDM, and DMLS. Every process has advantages. K-Form can help select material and process based on application.

Blended Supply Chain

K-Form first considered offering rapid prototyping after attending RAPID 2007. The options were daunting. We weighed the strengths and weakness of each process, material, and machine. We polled our customers. We priced sample parts. We crunched the numbers. In the end, we realized no single machine met the needs of our customers. Our solution was to develop a network of providers. K-Form selected rapid prototyping service providers from each process and material category. We vetted an approved vendor list.

Our distributed supply chain allows more parts with faster deliveries. We use the material the project needs instead of what our machine can produce. Plastics or metal we have a solution.

The K-Form Advantage

Why select K-Form to supply 3D printed parts? K-Form goes beyond providing rapid prototyping service. Most service providers have a narrow scope. We perform the post-printing operations a design might require. K-Form often performs complex milling operations of critical features.

Post-Processing Examples

  • CNC Machining Critical Features
  • Surface Finishing
  • Hardware Insertion
  • Painting
  • Assembly