3D PRINTED PLASTIC
The very first switchBand prototypes were printed in-house on our Form 2 3D printer. We were pleased to find that this printer was capable of producing some very fine prints that helped prove design feasibility early on in the product development process. All in all, we 3D printed roughly 2 dozen prototypes in plastic and fully assembled many of them to test fit, form and function.
3D PRINTED STAINLESS STEEL
Plastic prints had no chance of standing up to the strength required to pry open a bottle cap so before investing thousands in machined samples we opted to have a few samples printed out of 316 Stainless Steel. The samples weren’t exactly cheap, however these prints were a critical step in proving the next step of our design feasibility. We opted to have our 3D metal prints done by Protolabs, the quality of them was outstanding, Protolabs had an extremely fast turn around time when we opted for the expedited service, and therefore the price…pretty damn high.
October 31, 2016