Concept Modeling

 

Weather in a small, medium or  big business new product development is an essential part of the company development. New products are what drives company ahead and gives them competitive edge and generates their profits. Prototypes of the new products are an inseparable step of the process. Through them teams can view the physical forms and aesthetics of the object before going into mass production.   The very concept of the product can be tested, deformities and defect in construction can be easily detected and later fixed.

For small firms concept modelling usually means testing more ideas until reaching the most feasible one to start the production. Big corporation within department concept modelling contributes to a  better management pitch among other things.

3D printing technology fits comfortably in this process, decreasing lead time, costs and margins of error. 3D printed concept models are valuable communication tools, conveying ideas to colleagues, clients and marketers in a way that a computer model never could.

 

Architecture

 

Every architect knows that having a physical model is a huge advantage when selling a design. It is the best way to convey your creativeness and aesthetics to the crowd. Even more, models help architect better their products by seeing what they would look like outside the CAD software. Every architect will also tell you how hard, costly and frustrating is to create such a model…without 3D printing.

Architect use advanced computer software to visualize the 2D sketch in 3D, but the techniques for physically building one are lagging behind. Wood or foam board are the main materials that are currently used for building models, but they are far for efficient.   3D printing fills that void. Using the technology will not only save time and costs, but it also has the capabilities to stress on detail and functionality. Durability is another positive of using  Solid Fill 3D printing solutions, making it easy to transport, attach and detach at any time without fear of breaking it.

Technology used:

  • Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
  • SLA – Stereolithography

Main benefits:

  • Lead times reduced by 50 to 80 percent
  • Cost reduced 40 to 75 percent
  • Model stability over time, eliminating distortion
  • Professional look

The Future of 3D printing in Architecture looks brighter than ever. Ambitious scientists, 3D experts and architects-visionaries are working towards expanding the application of the technology.  3D printing is not far from becoming an essential part of the construction process and even more becoming a construction method n it own. Solid Fill will make you part of the latest developments.

 

Marketing and Design

 

A vital Step in every product launch is the marketing pre-evaluation of the product impact on users and consumers. For this purpose marketers and marketing researchers need a realistic physical sample of the actual product to show target customers, e.g. internal evaluation, focus groups. As the decision in this step is the final barrier before mass production, it is vital that the prototype or sample is as close to the real thing as possible. Conventional methods of creating prototypes are very costly and take a lot of time to develop. Some include wooden prototypes or single to small amount custom made actual products that are very expensive to make.

3d Printed prototypes with Solid Fill find a quick solution to this bottleneck in product development. 3D printing allows the designers to create their idea with all its detail and even functionality. The real advantage of this technology application is that it reduces the production time of the prototype from days and weeks to hours and brings down the cost of the item with times. Acrylic-based materials can be post-processed to create painted and metallic finishes that make the models truly indistinguishable from the end product.

3D printing your marketing prototypes on demand with Solid Fill brings about yet another vital competitive advantage, i.e. quick feedback often leads redesigning parts of the concept. The altered model can be again printed for another evaluation until the desired effect has been achieved. This process of feedback based product improvement would otherwise not be possible unless using 3D printers.

 

 

Jewelry, Fashion, Art & Sculpture

 

3D printing is a synonym for creativity and aesthetics. Thus  in time the method has found a well deserved  application in the creation of new designs for the Jewelry & Fashion industry that have never before been thought of. The technology and the way it operates introduced a radically new way of conceptual thinking and  has unlocked untapped potential for all those that can adopt it. Creation of forms has reached a new meaning omitting all restriction in physical production.

Most printers work with quality plastic filaments and input, thus the end result is a plastic object. For some project this might be the desired end result. The materials are of very high quality and diversity and so different functionality of the design can be easily reached – strength, agility, etc. However 3d Printing offers much more than simply plastic Jewelry or sculptures. 3d Printed plastic object can easily be turned into molds and later  through common manufacturing processes, molded into the end product made from diverse materials, e.g. precious metals such as gold and silver.

All three main technology methods are suitable to use to create Art. Each of them – FDM, SLS or SLS –  has its own pros and cons, but depending on the project you have in mind,we at SolidFill will advise you which one is  the best choice for you.

 

Ergonomic Research

 

The sole purpose of some engineering objects is to provide a better friction between the object itself and the one who will be using it.  Others have parts that will be performing the same function. It is essential for such Products, that are meant for handling by the end user, to be tested for correct and safe  grip.

3D Printing/Rapid Prototyping methods that are capable of using different types of materials to simulate various surfaces are very convenient in testing ergonomic designs. FDM and SLS are usually the most wide spread technology methods to prototype these elements. The benefits of creating a 3d Printed prototype for the ergonomic research are evident:

  • Fast creation of the prototype – Reduced lead time
  • Capability to create a number of versions at the same time
  • Swift redesigns and retests if necessary
  • Significant reduction in cost