3d printing for prototyping

You might have noticed the rather odd shape being 3D printed in the video clip below.

There’s an explanation for this, but later.

3d printing for prototyping

3D printing has an almost endless use. Many products in today’s world are straight from design to tooling then into production.
We have a 3D printer for a different purpose.

3d printing for prototyping.

We use it to produce pre-production customer design models in print form.

Why? Well this enables us to create a part that resembles the customers design. We can put this in to our designs. Useful if we are manufacturing tooling that requires part positioning. For example a piece to needing to fix in to some other clamping device. We can hold it, turn it, examine it and make sure it does everything it’s meant to.
A real benefit to us here at LKD.

We have used 3d printing for prototyping in the medical and automotive industry.


For Automotive we use it for customer parts. Where their own hard tooling isn’t available for many weeks ahead. We print the parts and design the jigs or fixtures. We send the printed parts along with the completed tooling on to the client. The customer can see hands on how the hard-tooled parts will sit.

It gives them an amount of surety. When the real parts do arrive the next step toward production will be so much easier.


For the medical industry it has interesting capabilities. We had a request from an international, eminent laparoscopic surgeon. He had created a new method of teaching his students. It used a training device requiring a 3D model of a particular internal organ.

We worked hard to create the perfect match so, enabling him to teach his students more in a more accurate way.

Now the odd shape at the bottom of our home page. You thought I had forgotten? This is 3d printing for prototyping at its most creative.

I heard a tense note from my wife one morning whilst using her hair dryer getting ready for work. “I’ve nowhere to put my hairdryer, I need somewhere to put it when I’m done. Can’t you make me something?”

It’s not all about engineering, sometimes it’s about creating harmony in the house.

The solution was to create the shape you see above. This shape represents the contour of our dado rail around the room.
It’s retained by a tack through a hole which also printed in to the piece.
Harmony created, brownie points gained!

Want to talk to us about 3d printing for prototyping?
Get in touch and tell us about your project.