Rapid Prototyping

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Rapid Prototyping – The faster way market-ready products

With rapid prototyping, ideas can be tested and realized in the shortest possible time with the help of novel production processes – often without great financial effort.

The term „rapid prototyping“ covers various processes that enable the fast and uncomplicated creation of models or tooling components. In addition to subtractive manufacturing processes such as turning or milling, rapid prototyping focuses mainly on generative manufacturing processes.

The simple and low-cost use of 3D printers makes it possible to produce high-quality custom models with a plethora of materials available. From thermoplastics such as ABS, Nylon or Polycarbonate to titanium and other metals, this has already become a trend that we can use to provide support for aspiring entrepreneurs. Not only has it become possible to produce individual products, but it is also possible to bring ideas to life in the early stages of development or to test them with customers or potential target groups for their acceptance and functionality.

SAXEED offers a series of workshops on the subject of 3D model design and prototype construction, as well as the opportunity to build your own projects in the workshop at the TU Chemnitz. Participants are supported full-time by our staff and also have the opportunity to meet like-minded people and become active in an interdisciplinary team.

This offer is available to students, academic staff and alumni of all faculties and disciplines.

Workshop Blocks

Rapid Prototyping Concepts

When starting a business, time and financial resources are extremely limited. The quality of the first product is also decisive for the success of the company. Therefore, it is becoming more and more important to focus on the early development phases and make adjustments before the product design gets locked in.

We start with the classification and differentiation between idea, demonstrator and prototype to define the early development phases. Afterwards, we take a closer look at these ideas and present criteria to check the suitability of a business model and work through some methods to create the initial prototype.


3D Printing Compact

This workshop block focuses on one of the additive manufacturing processes called-called Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) used in 3D printing high quality thermoplastics like Nylon and ABS. Participants get to know the components and their functionality in detail as well as the possibilities this process offers for the construction of prototypes.

Although 3D printing has great potential, the variety of settings and materials can be a major hurdle. We will also show you the possibilities and limitations of the FDM process and explain what to consider when CAD modeling and selecting printing materials. We then go into detail about the different settings of a 3D printer to achieve optimal results.


Computer Aided Design (CAD)

These intensive CAD workshops will help you to further realize your ideas and give them a definitive form. We teach you the fundamentals for creating 3D models using the Autodesk software suite Fusion 360.

Throughout a series of workshops which are planned as a progressive format, we build upon the material learned from the previous weeks. Afterwards, you will be able to use you knowledge then create your own projects using various prototyping methods available in our extended prototyping activities. In addition to designing, we also show how you can create realistic digital representations of your prototype.


All workshops will be held online from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in English. Please use the links above to register.

Prototype Construction

In cooperation with the student prototyping workshop at the TU Chemnitz you opportunity to build your own projects. After a short safety briefing, the workshop is currently available Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 17:00.

Important Notice

We have created a hygiene concept to combat the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) for the workshop, therefore drop-in appointments are not allowed. Registration is possible by e-mail to joseph.stephens@saxeed.net.

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During and after the workshops you are not alone! Our team is at your disposal at any time and can accompany you throughout your entire project.

Starting with economic validation in the early phases and including the production of your prototype – SAXEED can help you on your path to achieving your goal.

Joseph Stephens
Technologiescouting | Rapid-Prototyping
Joseph Stephens