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