Virtual models and simulations help to depict components and their properties. In this way design and handling can be checked and evaluated. One or several prototypes are often needed for presentations or initial product tests. Components can be physically materialised from CAD data for the first time. Together with the model partners, with whom we have been working with for many years, we are able to produce the first edition of a real component from various materials such as plastic or metal. These samples are generally produced by laser sintering or other modern prototyping technologies. Depending on the durability and quantity required, we make a recommendation as to suitable materials and manufacturing processes.