3D Printing: Rapid Prototype

3D printing (rapid prototyping) is a process that rapidly produces a high-quality, durable 3-dimensional representation of a product or, in our case, a prototype mold to be used to create packaging samples.

Why should you consider a 3D print?

  • Accelerate time-to-market by shortening design and development cycles that ultimately get products to market faster by helping fine tune package design and explore options
    • Typically, prototypes can be produced in 1 to 3 days
  • Lower production costs and reduce expensive revisions by testing fit and function at the beginning of the development process
    • The first 10% of the package development process can affect about 80% of the package’s total cost
  • Bring packaging ideas off the computer screen and into functional 3-dimensional prototypes that can be easily shared, critiqued, and improved

How is a 3D print created?

  • A design is uploaded to the printing software, which translates the geometry to the 3D printer; very much like what happens between your computer and ink printer
  • In a matter of hours, the 3D print is ready for sampling
    • 10 samples of your product’s packaging can be easily formed from a 3D print mold
    • Or, a single package shell can made for fit and function purposes
  • The printer uses ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) plastic to form the 3-dimensional part
    • ABS models have been used in functional and field tests like wind tunnel testing and camera mounts on a M2 Bradley tank