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Consumer and Luxury Goods Case Studies

One of the principle uses of Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D Printing, parts in the consumer goods industry is to produce prototypes and models.  Ultimately, models and prototypes can help companies get their products to market quicker, meaning they profit from a competitive advantage over those that move more slowly.

The range of uses that the models are put to is extensive.  For example, our customers use models to undertake market research – both with consumers and buyers.  Because AM parts can be made quickly and easily direct from CAD data, they are used for repetitive testing on complete products and component parts.  They are also used to test fit, form and function.

3T has also built multiple sets of parts for consumer goods manufacturers which are used when the production line is being built and set up.  Having the components to run down the production line enables the customer to build and test the line efficiently before going into full production.

Models can be painted and fully finished then used for a range of marketing needs, such as photography for boxes, in advance of production run products becoming available.

When selling a product – whether to the buyer of a major retailer or to an investor to gain funding – something that the buyer or investor can touch and experience delivers a much stronger message than a drawing.  Our products are used as selling tools and have appeared (successfully!) on Dragons’ Den on a number of occasions.

As well as working with manufacturers we also work with a large number of consultant product designers – a group who were amongst the first to see the benefits and adopt Additive Manufacturing processes to test their designs.  Additive Manufacturing gives designer rapid prototypes which can go through any number of iterations to reach the optimal design.

Having the ability to produce production quality parts without investing in expensive injection moulds is one of Additive Manufacturing’s key advantages.

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    Titanium Glasses using Metal Additive Manufacturing

    Eye Venture Ltd is using 3T’s metal Additive Manufacturing services to produce lightweight frames for their Aviator and Navigator styles in Titanium. Based in New Zealand, they are proud to have them ‘Made in England’ and have a solid partner for their exclusive eyewear range …

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    Works of art using Plastic AM

    Artist Michael Eden uses Plastic Additive Manufacturing to create stunning works of art in a way that was previously impossible. The process enables him to design intricate details into his works, and 3T’s in-house finishing team use their own specialist techniques to colour each piece to an exact RAL colour, with a soft touch mineral coating …

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    Plastic AM mass production of conference gifts

    Demonstrating the true production capability of plastic Additive Manufacturing together with our post-processing capabilities, we built and hand finished 2,500 identical awards in just 19 days, taking a total of 540 hours to build ...

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  • Bike Stem on Metal AM build platform

    Lightweight Bike Stem using metal AM

    As a partner in the TSB funded SAVING Project, we built a bike stem with a complex internal lattice structure to reduce its weight whilst maintaining its aero dynamicity and strength ...

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  • Snow Machine with Plastic AM Nozzle

    Snow machines benefit from Plastic AM

    Snow Business is using Plastic AM to produce the nozzles for their falling snow machines, taking advantage of 3T’s fast turnaround and finishing techniques, thereby saving them considerable time and expense compared to previous methods. The aerodynamic performance of the nozzle is enhanced, and they have the ability to quickly change and test a design …

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  • Mounts For Web

    From Prototype to Production to Sales in weeks

    Newly formed company RaceWare Direct is using 3T’s plastic Additive Manufacturing services to produce bespoke Garmin mounts for road and race bikes, going from prototype to production to consumer sales in just a matter of weeks …

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  • AM produces bespoke Garmin mounts

    AM produces bespoke Garmin mounts

    Whether cycling for pleasure or in a race or time trial, many cyclists use a GPS computer to monitor their performance, distance and speed, or for computerised navigation. However, a common problem is that the only place they can be mounted is on the vertical stem of the handle bars, making the screen very difficult for riders to see without looking directly downwards which isn’t particularly safe, especially when racing!

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  • Personalisation of Titanium part

    Personalisation of Titanium part

    The tie clip was built in Titanium on an M280. The M280’s 400 watt laser meant the clip was built faster and with finer detailing than previous DMLS machines.

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  • Designswarm - plastic AM heats up for Utah Teapot

    Designswarm – plastic AM heats up for Utah Teapot

    Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is an interaction designer & entrepreneur and we recently worked with her on the Utah teapot, which is a standard reference object in the computer graphics community. The complexity of the object lies in the different types of curves that make it up, and therefore make it one of the most difficult objects to learn how to build in 3D.

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  • RPG Manufacturing - model success

    RPG Manufacturing – model success

    RPG Manufacturing is a new company that makes miniature models for collectors, wargamers and role playing. They are focusing on producing accurate models and came to 3T to discover if additive manufacturing (AM) could play a part in producing models.

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