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What is 3D Printing & Rapid Prototyping?

3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing where a prototype is built layer by layer using Computer-aided Design (CAD) models. 3D printing has evolved to a point where prototyping using this method can be low cost with a large variety of materials suiting a wide range of applications. Our Rapid Prototyping services can also ensure that a wide variety of materials including metal can be used for your prototype.

​Register to Afaridan Plastics to access our process and materials selection guide for more information on what 3D printing process and material is right for you.

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3D printing and rapid prototyping services are ideal for inventors, short product runs and turning project ideas into physical reality. Utilising a wide range of production methods, almost anything can be created - from biodegradable models to conductive plastic components. 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping allows for:

  • Complex geometries.
  • Rapid production - have your design created in hours, not weeks.
  • Realising your design - have proof of concept for your part or assembly.​
  • Affordable one-off or small batch prints that would cost far more using traditional methods.​
  • Material choices to suit your needs - whether your part needs flex, strength or bright colour.​​
  • Fast solutions for hard to source replacement parts.

3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping reduces the lead time (the time between starting and completing production) compared to traditional manufacturing methods through a lean process of design and printing before the part is completed. With new materials being created frequently in the industry, many materials are environmentally friendly and can break down naturally when discarded.


Afaridan Plastics has the experience and knowledge of how 3D printing and rapid prototyping can be used to get your inventions and innovative designs made quickly, correctly, and ready for large scale manufacturing. We know how nozzle and bed temperatures, fan speed, support structures, part orientation and material choice can effect the quality of your product. We can refine your product by helping you choose the right 3D printing or rapid prototyping method and material - ensuring a better quality product, and a faster transition into manufacturing.


We provide end-to-end plastic manufacturing, so you know your design will translate into the most cost effective tooling.

We use the best commercial prototyping methods available, including:

  • Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)

  • Stereolithography  (SLA)

  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

  • Multijet Printing (MJP)

  • Colourjet Printing (CJP)

  • Manufactured Plastic Prototypes

  • CNC Rapid Prototyping

Rely on Afaridan Plastics to bring your idea, sketch or drawing to life.


Interested in food safe 3D printing? check out our article or contact our friendly team.

Click the links below for more information on these processes.

Massive scale and amazing details of SLA 3D printing
3D Printing Binder Jetting for Afaridan's 3D printing service


Among others, Afaridan boasts a range of industrial-grade machines ready for 3D printing. This gives us the ability to use industrial Stereolithography, Selective Laser Sintering and other technologies for our 3D printing service.

In total, we have over 15 3D printers as part of our 3D printing operation. This includes a range of technologies and grades; from FDM to SLA and SLS, we have the right tools for all of your 3D printing needs.

Some of our machines currently include:

  • Form 3B+

  • Form 3L

  • Fuse 1

  • 2 Fuse 1+ 30Ws

  • Bambu Lab and Creality 3D Printers

  • 5 Prusas Including an ordered Prusa XL

The Form 3B+ allows us to 3D print medical-grade parts using Formlabs’ BioMed resins. Alternatively, the Form 3L gives the capability to print very large parts in most resins, including those for general use, engineering, jewellery, entertainment, and more.

Using SLS technology, the Fuse 1 prints primarily using nylon 12 powder. Meanwhile, our Fuse 1+ 30W 3D printers allow printing using additional nylon and TPU materials, and faster print times for all powders compared to the standard Fuse 1.

FDM 3D printing, including the Bambu Lab, Creality, and Prusas, is great for prototyping designs and printing end-use parts that don't require a particularly smooth surface finish.

See our 3D printers below.

Various 3D Printers for 3D Printing Perth

Perfect for 3D printing using SLA technology where a great surface finish on end-use parts is needed.

SLS 3D printed lattice


Tap into the convenience of having our Perth-based engineers produce the 3D drawings and machine files that you need. Alternatively, we can work with you to assist in designing for manufacturability.

We stock a range of 3D printing and prototyping materials, and have partners we work with regularly to source more specific polymers to suit your requirements.

As your plastics manufacturing partner, we'll guide you towards the best 3D printing or rapid prototyping methods to achieve your product goals in the shortest turnaround time.


For metallic parts, we have a broad range of multi-axis CNC machines inside our Perth facilities, and offer a variety of bore sizes and bed lengths that enable us to manufacture very complex prototypes.

For reverse engineering we now offer 3D scanning services for shorter lead times and higher quality results.

CAD modeling solutions for rapid prototyping

Assistance in design all the way to full 3D CAD solutions.


We can provide advice and quotes on anything - from an idea or simple sketch to complex 3D CAD models. Give us a call today!

Our 3D Printers and Materials

While we will always be a 3D Printing bureau, Afaridan Plastics now supplies Perth with 3D printers and materials. Discover our 3D printer range at our sister site:

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