From 3D Printed Toys to Tools

3D Printed SpinnerIf you’re in the stages of developing a consumer product that will have components made out of solid materials like plastic, metal, rubber or glass then your 3D CAD drawing is a likely a good 3D printing candidate. Whether it’s in the category of toys, kitchen gadgets, USB housings, personal care products, light fixtures or something totally different, 3D printing could be the solution you’re looking for.

Not only can you test the fit and function and make changes as you go with the use of your 3D printed products, but you can also use them for consumer and customer feedback, research, stand-ins for packaging and even short runs to sell before you commit to the expense and quantities involved in molds and tooling. Catching errors and taking advantage of ways to improve your product in the early stages will quickly have your 3D printed parts paying off. If you are working on a consumer product and not sure if 3D printing is right for you, please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

3D Printed Laser Putter

3D Printed Laser PutterArgon originally contacted us during the concept stages of developing their new golf laser putter which was designed to help improve a golf enthusiast’s putting skills. With each 3D printed iteration of their putter, physical tests were performed and modifications were made to the CAD files to improve the flow and function of their concept. Prior to making their putters available to consumers, Argon assembled finished putters using 3D printing, laser technology, metal shafts and other components to create functioning prototypes that they took to sales meetings, trade shows and out on the golf course for testing and play.

4D Puzzle, Made With 3D Printing

If you go into any big city tourist store or hobby shop, you’re likely to see a 4D Cityscape Time Puzzle. 3D Prototype created many miniature SLS nylon cities during the startup of their consumer product launch, including Chicago, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, Tokyo, Toronto and Washington. As the mini buildings were very detailed and needed to be durable, our plastic parts were ideal for initial testing, sales presentations and packaging layouts before hitting the store shelves.

Toronto Skyline 3D Prototype

If you’d like to learn more about our 3D printing products for consumers and whether it’s right for you and your idea, please get in touch with us today. We’ll be able to answer any questions you might have and give you the guidance you need to move your ideas forward!

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