End-use products are fast changing and finely detailed and industrial designers, mechanical engineers, packaging designers, graphic artists and marketing staff all use prototypes to understand a product’s aesthetic, ergonomic and functional appeal.
3D printing can build a limitless array of fully-finished products from a wide range of materials, with end properties ranging from rigidity to flexibility, opacity to translucence, strength and flame resistance, helping to address the multiple challenges of designing tough attractive prototypes of both form and feel and reduced size and increased production efficiency.
FDM offers a similar end profile to injection moulding and the use of ABD-ESD7 also avoids constraints imposed by electronics use or use in environments with particulates.
Using state of the art FDM 3D printing allow companies to overcome human barriers to change by putting real life products in people’s hands. Ergonomic and aesthetic features and the design review can all be tested and improved leading to a more economic and shorter design process.