FDM or PolyJet: Which One Is Better For Consumer Goods

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In most cases, when working with prototypes for consumer goods, product development engineers want a print that will most closely represent the final production part. Keep reading to learn the advantages of both PolyJet and FDM technologies when it comes to consumer goods.

Concept Laser – Additive Manufacturing in the Consumer Goods Sector

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Andrea Pasquali, co-owner of Zare : “During the financial crisis of 2008 to 2010, as a service provider in prototyping and small batch production we looked for new business fields and production options. By Daniel Hund | Concept Laser. 3D toothbrush made from metal.

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Is this the secret to creating successful consumer products?

3D Perspectives

Digitalization is impacting our world in nearly every way, including what products people consume and how they consume them. Not surprisingly, this shift impacts product design: companies need to focus beyond features and functions if they want to meet consumers’ expectations.

Senses and Sensibility: Putting the Consumer at the Center of Simulation and Design

3D Perspectives

by Michael Plishka, Consumer Goods, Consumer Packaged Goods & Retail Industry Solutions Experience Senior Manger, Dassault Systèmes. We can start from the consumer standpoint: what are their individual desires in terms of comfort, durability, experience and so on?—and

106 Labs utilizing Fisher/Unitech LLC 3D Printing Build Services to Prototype


Coon made multiple prototype designs in his garage and worked hard to optimize the Hyper-B design. However, at- home designs can only go so far when prototyping. According to Coon, “The Hyper-B design has been improved greatly by prototyping. I tried printing a prototype on a Cubex Trio, but the detail requirements exceeded its capabilities. For my first purchased prototype, I went with a company that printed the parts in Belgium.

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Eyewear Icon Safilo Re-Invents Design, Boosts Time to Market for Fashion Frames with Stratasys 3D Printing

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

Stratasys full color, multi-material 3D printing (J750 3D Printer) allows Safilo to quickly iterate designs and reduce turnaround time for product-matching prototypes by 60%. Perfect for Design and Concept Verification: 3D Printed Prototypes Enable Immediate Decision-making.

What Internet of Things means for fashion

3D Perspectives

Today’s consumers want more value from their products because the greater the value the better their experience. Wearable technology is revolutionizing the consumer experience, through smart watches, smart jackets, fitness tracking bracelets and more.

How Speedo Took a Big Lead in Swim Gear Design with Multi-material 3D Printing

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

They use their Stratasys PolyJet -based 3D printer to prototype and validate designs prior to production for vital equipment like goggles or other “hard goods,” such as training aids and swim caps. Consumer Goods / Electronics

How 3D Printing Will Revolutionize Eyewear – Part 1

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

A time-to-market of only eight weeks or less is what Stratasys is talking about as we release our new rapid prototyping solution for eyewear this week at TCT Birmingham. Consumer Goods / Electronics eyewear

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Design 2020 Helps Young Designers Reimagine Product Concepts with 3D Printing

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

The 3D printing available with the Stratasys J750 — in 360,000 colors and offering photorealistic fine details of both color and texture – has meant that Innodesign was able to stretch its prototypes beyond monochrome. Consumer Goods / Electronics

Eyewear Icon Safilo Re-Invents Design, Boosts Time to Market for Fashion Frames with Stratasys 3D Printing

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

Stratasys full color, multi-material 3D printing (J750 3D Printer) allows Safilo to quickly iterate designs and reduce turnaround time for product-matching prototypes by 60%. Perfect for Design and Concept Verification: 3D Printed Prototypes Enable Immediate Decision-making.

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3D Printing Creating a Better Shoe


Prior to 3D printing, Adidas prototypes were made by hand and took a long time to create. 3d printers 3D Printing adidas consumer goods nike shoes Stratasys

Are you ready for 3D-printed shoes?

3D Perspectives

Many shoe designers use the technology to experiment with prototypes and help visualize new – and often cutting-edge – designs. And it’s not just the fit that can be easily adjusted, but consumers can change features at little to no cost.

How to Make a Prototype

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Prototyping is a way of converting an idea in your head to a tangible product. Developing a prototype lets you tap into your creativity and transform your mental image into a physical product that others can look at, touch, feel, and understand. How do you make a prototype? First define the type of prototype that you need. A prototype can be made from cheap, easily available materials, or with the help of complex rapid prototyping machines.

Unilever Accelerates Prototype Lead Times by 3D Printing Their Injection Molds


In fact, the numbers we see for time savings in prototyping are simply amazing. Time savings: 40% for prototype parts. Unilever uses PolyJet material Digital ABS for injection mold prototypes, because it won’t melt under high pressures. 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, Stratasys

How Stratasys 3D Printing Completely Turned Around Stereo Speaker Acoustics

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

So Dekel turned to Stratasys 3D printing to prototype his design. The functional prototype of the Aleph1 speaker was produced using Stratasys’ PolyJet multi-material 3D printing (no assembly required) and demonstrated at the Stratasys booth at Formnext 2015.

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Unilever Accelerates Consumer Product Prototyping By 40% with 3D Printed Injection Molds

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

The Italian division of international consumer goods giant, Unilever , has cut lead times for prototype parts by 40% since introducing Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D printing technology into its manufacturing process. Connex Consumer Products Fortus

Stronger, More Colorful Prototypes, End Use Parts with New 3D Printing Materials

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

Endur Digital Materials are i deal for challenging geometries and repetitive testing – produce durable prototypes with thin walls, living hinges, snap-fits and moving or assembled parts. Color ASA Thermoplastics allow you to bypass further painting or finishing steps, saving time and money.

Which is better, 3D printing or injection molding?

Leslie's Blog

Both processes play a role in prototyping and production. 3D printing injection molds slashes prototype lead time by 40%. Additive Manufacturing Injection Molding Production Leslie's blog Rapid Prototyping

3D printed electronics online on-demand service launched by Nano Dimension

3D Printing Industry

The ability to create printed circuit boards (PCBs) on demand has the potential to transform localized electronics production and prototyping from the the armed forces to consumer goods, and every industry in-between. Multimaterial 3D printing is exemplified no better than in the area of 3D printed electronics.

Unilever Leverages 3D Printing Injection Molds, Slashing Lead Times for Prototype Parts by 40%

Additive Manufacturing

Utilizing Stratasys’ PolyJet technology, Unilever 3D prints injection mold tools to create prototype parts in final material, for full functional and consumer testing. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing.

3D Printing: Supporting Excellence in Design for Consumer Products

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

But today, it is tied into every purchase decision a consumer makes. Products not only must work well, but look great and express who we are as a consumer. The ushering in of design-led product development by companies like Apple, Google, Nike, and Ford has created a new requirement to succeed in today’s consumer goods space: Excellence in design. So, if good design equals good business and happy customers – why do some companies get it right and others don’t?

Nylon 12CF Endures the Ultimate Test of Strength in Thule’s Test Center

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

That’s the question that Rob Humphries, a prototype engineer at Thule, a company that makes accessories for travel – things like bike racks, jogging strollers and luggage – and his product teams have answered in the creation the Thule Test Center.

Worth Sharing: Manufacturing 3D Printed End-Use Parts with Normal


When you hear of end-use parts and 3D printing, typically it’s in the context of futuristic predictions describing custom consumer goods rolling off giant assembly lines a decade or more in the future. 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, Stratasys

What are the obstacles to greater adoption of 3D printing?

Leslie's Blog

When asked what they are using additive for, 34% of the respondents said prototyping only, 25% said they were still doing research, 22% said a small amount of end use production, and 19% said a high volume of end use production.

Fisher Unitech Named Top Selling Stratasys Partner World Wide


The 3D printing team at Fisher Unitech focuses on two basic principles: applying their collective learning from applications ranging from automotive and aerospace, to consumer goods and medical and using this significant experience to solve seemingly unrelated challenges in manufacturing, tooling, product development and design. 3D Printing additive manufacturing Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Stratasys

Consumer goods giant Unilever cuts prototype lead times by 40% with 3D printing


Today the company announced that consumer goods specialist, Unilever, has cut lead times for prototype parts by a staggering 40% since introducing Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D printing technology into its manufacturing process.

30 on 3D: Stretching the Limit with Agilus30

Purple Platypus

This superior, rubber-like photopolymer is ideal for advanced design verification and rapid prototyping. General Prototyping – rubber-like components and overmolds. Product Development – sporting goods, masks, food storage containers, door seals, consumer goods.

Stratasys expands 3D printing colour palette for ASA and Digital Materials range

3D Printing Review

Launched in September in just ivory and black, ASA is an all-purpose FDM material offering the best aesthetics of any FDM material available and used for the production of prototypes, manufacturing tools and finished goods.

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TFSC Special Issue Update

Capturing the Value

Additive manufacturing for consumer-centric business models: Implications for supply chains in consumer goods manufacturing Marcel Bogers, Ronen Hadar and Arne Bilberg. From rapid prototyping to home fabrication: How 3D printing is changing business model innovation Thierry Rayna and Ludmila Striukova.

J750: Interview With A Senior Sales Engineer

Purple Platypus

As the world’s only full color multi-material high resolution 3D printer, the J750 gives users the opportunity to create prototypes that look, feel, and operate like finished products. So here in Southern California, we have entertainment, arts, education, medical, and consumer goods.


3D Printing Review

While 3D printing has certainly taken off in other markets — think medicine, transportation, even houses — high-end consumer goods have generally steered clear of the DIY methodology, mostly because of the limitations in the type of material available for 3D-printed objects.

Stratasys Unveils New Color Palettes for Connex3 3D Printer at Big M Event


The six TRIFLEX palettes contain flexible materials expanding both the clear and opaque color options; the remaining four are rigid and substantially expand the gray color palette, while also adding the option for a sleek, reflective lustre - fantastic for consumer electronics in particular.

Materialise First to Offer New BASF TPU Material for HP Multi Jet Fusion

Additive Manufacturing

Ultrasint TPU supports prototyping and manufacturing applications that require elasticity, shock absorption and wear resistance.

Stratasys releases new flexible and rigid Connex3™ color palettes


Industries that can benefit from these new palettes: Consumer goods such as toothbrushes and sporting goods that require color overmolded prototypes. Electronics prototyping that have sleek, reflective surfaces.

7 Ways 3D Printing Is Already Disrupting Global Manufacturing

3D Printing Review

For the last decade, 3D printing has been the playground of the maker community, while commercial applications have been limited to prototyping. True Rapid Prototyping. 3D printing production is still in its infancy, but it is already inevitable.

3D Systems Acquires FreshFiber

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3D Systems Acquires FreshFiber Release Date: Monday, May 7, 2012 - 08:45 ROCK HILL, South Carolina - May 7, 2012  3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has acquired FreshFiber BV , a leading 3D printed consumer goods brand, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. FreshFiber is the leading 3D printed consumer electronics accessories brand sold on-line and in retail stores today.

Stratasys Unleashes Brilliant Design and Productivity with the New J850 3D Printer and Materials

Additive Manufacturing

With this solution, there’s no need to add or switch technologies throughout the design process,” said Alex Padwa, Founder of Padwa Design, a premier industrial design studio building solutions for consumer goods, high technology, and the household. “We

Manufacturing Technologies Growth Trends and Forecasts

3E Rapid Prototyping

Innovations in CNC machining, additive manufacturing and casting technologies are giving companies, prosumers and consumers an unprecedented level of design options. Overall, the increasing level of investment is a good sign of health for the technology.

Chinese Manufacturers Believe Global Adoption of 3D Printing Can Challenge China’s Position as ‘Factory of the World’

Additive Manufacturing

The survey* shows that China is focused on prototyping in its adoption of 3D printing and remains doubtful about the readiness of the technology for manufacturing final products. As China advances its production capabilities, manufacturers remain hesitant about adopting 3D printing.

Around the World: Materialise USA


The mid-1990s were still the early days of Rapid Prototyping, and one of its earliest adaptors was the automotive industry. In the almost 20 years since it first came to the US, it has expanded beyond just the automobile industry into the aerospace, medical, consumer goods, and more.

The World of 3D Printing Met at the Materialise World Conference


From industrial, to biomedical, to clinical, to consumer applications, over 1,000 novices and experts gathered to exchange their work, ideas and knowledge about software, engineering, design, and more.

Stratasys Speeds Access to Advanced 3D Printing with 11 New High Performance Products at EuroMold 2014

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

At EuroMold 2014, we are launching an unprecedented 11 high-performance 3D printers and materials to help our customers improve their competitiveness and deliver high-end prototypes, production aids and manufactured parts with greater ease, speed and efficiency.

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