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.


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.

SLA 3D Printed Mould
3D Printing Binder Jetting


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.


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!