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.

SAXEED offers a series of workshops on the subject prototype construction and validation, 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 through individual consultations 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 free of charge.

Workshop Blocks

3D Printing Compact

The simple and low-cost use of 3D printers makes it possible to produce high-quality custom models with a lot of different materials available. Not only has it become possible to produce highly individualized products, it is also possible to bring ideas to life in the early stages of development or test them with potential customers.

This workshop block focuses on one of the additive manufacturing processes called Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) used in 3D printing thermoplastics such as 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.

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 product.

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 3D models.

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Workshops of Extraordinary Character

All workshops are scheduled online from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., please use the links above to register.

Info: During the wintersemester workshops are held in English, and during the summer semester they are held in German. If a participant attends all workshops in a specific block, they will recieve a SAXEED Certificat of Attendance for each block at the end of the semester.

Individual Project Consultations

Our team is available at any time to discuss questions you may have about building your prototype. We can gladly consult on product design, 3D modeling, material selection and production cost efficiency as well at helping you to define the product your customers really want. With our network of partners we also have connections to expertise and machinery to get the job done right. No topic is too big or too small and crazy ideas of all sorts are welcome!

Joseph Stephens
Technologiescouting | Rapid-Prototyping
Joseph Stephens

Prototype Construction

In cooperation with the Schüler- und Studierendenwerkstatt, SAXEED is also able to offer you a place to build your own projects on the Reichenhainer Straße Campus at the TU Chemnitz. After a short safety briefing, regular access is available Thursday afternoons and Fridays. Further times for access are available upon request.

Important Notice

We have created a hygiene concept in accordance with the current regulations to combat the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Since our maximum capacity is limited to 3 persons at a time, drop-in meetings are nmailto:joseph.stephens@saxeed.netot allowed.

You may arrange an appointment by writing an e-mail to joseph.stephens@saxeed.net.


Transdisciplinary Challenge

The Transdisciplinary Challenge is scheduled to be held mid July and is open to all faculties. The challenge focuses on generating creative and economically viable applications in real-world scenarios. Each team will be graded in several categories based on originality, usability, efficiency in solving a specific task and production costs for building the prototype. Check back here in June 2021 for the official rules and challenge details!

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