CES 2016: Consumer Product Innovations Driven by Stratasys 3D Printed Prototypes

The legendary Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years. This year, January 6-9, CES hosted over 3,600 companies across 2.4 million square feet in Las Vegas.

Many of the custom accessories on the Ladybird were prototyped and tested with 3D printed parts from Stratasys

Many of the custom accessories on the Ladybird were prototyped and tested with 3D printed parts from Stratasys


Upon entering the Stratasys booth, visitors were immersed in a world where top-tier consumer electronics companies delivered their products to market faster and at a lower cost using 3D printing. One display that was a real stand-out was the Ladybird motorcycle fromKlockWerks. This custom Triumph Thunderbird was equipped with several durable FDM 3D printed parts to test for form, fit and function. The saddle bags were 3D printed and mounted on the bike as functional prototypes. The windshield was 3D printed and used for testing wind effects before final production. The bike also featured custom rings around the speakers and a phone mount prototype that connects to the handle bars, all 3D printed to test design iterations and fit before final production.

“If it wasn’t for Stratasys and their 3D printing technology, this Ladybird motorcycle would not be a reality,” said Brian Klock, president of Klock Werks. “3D printing gives companies like us the ability to work with large motorcycle OEMs and create customer parts and electronics that we would not have been able to do any other way.”

Olloclip, a Stratasys customer and manufacturer of camera lenses for mobile devices, uses PolyJet 3D printing technology to create functional prototypes for testing new products. Their latest device, a kit called Studio, combines an all-new protective iPhone case with an integrated mounting solution and a series of mobile photography accessories. Attendees also got a glimpse of olloclip’s 4-in-1 Lens which incorporates fisheye, wide-angle and macro level camera lenses.

The VIE SHAIR headphones are the world’s first “open air” headphones, which used both MakerBot and Stratasys 3D printing technologies for prototyping and fuctional testing

The VIE SHAIR headphones are the world’s first “open air” headphones, which used both MakerBot and Stratasys 3D printing technologies for prototyping and fuctional testing


Stratasys was also excited to share the newly announced VIE SHAIR headphones, the world’s first full “open air” smart headphones. Due to complex design geometries and a small window for development, the creators of the VIE SHAIR used both MakerBot and Stratasys 3D Printers for real-time rapid prototyping. After the form and fit check using 3D printed prototypes, the designer made 30 sets of production parts based on 3D printed molds using the same digital design data without issue.

Also present in the Stratasys booth was the MakerBot team showing off the Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator, the Replicator Z18, and the new Smart Extruder+.

Fortus 3D Printer Brings Golden Dragon Chopper To Life


It is not often that a manufacturing company gets its own reality TV show. However, that is exactly what happened to Orange County Choppers (OCC), a company located in Orange County, New York, that builds custom motorcycles (known as “choppers” in the motorcycle world). OCC is legendary for building bikes around a specific theme, such as the Fire Bike, which commemorated the New York firefighters who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

One of their recent requests for a custom bike came from a client in China who wanted a golden dragon-themed chopper.

While the entire design was certainly demanding, one element, the dragon’s head, was especially challenging. It was particularly important to the OCC team that the head of the dragon express character, emotion, and anger.

dragon-bike-4Accomplishing this required a tremendous amount of detail in the design of the dragon head. In order to achieve the required degree of detail, within a reasonable budget and timeframe, the OCC designers felt they had only one choice – 3D print the dragon head on their Stratasys Fortus 400mc 3D Printer.

Traditionally, building custom motorcycle parts was done with CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines.  However, over the past few years, Orange County Choppers has been producing more and more of the custom parts by 3D printing them.

dragon-bike-3They feel that the 3D printed parts are just as strong as some of the aluminum pieces they use.  In comparison with CNC machines, using 3D printing eliminates design and production limitations, allowing a chopper with a golden dragon head to be “just another design.”

OCC Senior Designer and graphic artist Jason Pohl sums it up very clearly: “The possibilities with the Stratasys Fortus 3D Printer are endless. Right now there is nothing stopping our creative minds from just making the coolest bikes in the world.”

Check out our case study for more details on how this dragon was brought to life.




New Standard in Stone Model Resolution and Appearance, with VeroDentPlus 3D Printing Material

verodentplus, 3d printing dental materialStratasys announced today the immediate availability of its latest material for 3D printing of dental and orthodontics models. The new material, VeroDentPlus MED690, expands Stratasys’ growing family of dental materials, offering high accuracy, dimensional stability and high resolution.

verodentplus, polyjet 3d printing, 3d printing dental model

“The dental market requires the highest standard in precision and appearance of 3D printed stone models,” said Avi Cohen, director of global dental at Stratasys. “The introduction of VeroDentPlus MED690 is part of our continuing commitment to setting that standard.”

The VeroDentPlus MED690 is optimized for printing models for crowns, bridges, implants, and orthodontic appliances. The modeling data can be obtained from any intra-oral, impression, or plaster scanner and then 3D printed with fine 16-micron layers on the Stratasys Objet EdenV line of 3D Printers.

As you can see in the images below, by providing high accuracy and precision together with a high-opacity and dental stone appearance, VeroDentPlus MED690 enables outstanding visualization of details in the 3D printed dental models.

Stratasys VeroDentPlus MED690 dental material provides the winning combination of accuracy, precision, durability, and economic production!


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Wearable 3D Printed Dress at Paris Fashion Week – Iris van Herpen Show

Dutch designer van Herpen’s eleven-piece collection featured two 3D printed ensembles, including an elaborate skirt and cape created in collaboration with artist, architect, designer and professor Neri Oxman from MIT’s* Media Lab, and 3D printed by Stratasys. An intricate dress was also designed in collaboration with Austrian architect Julia Koerner, currently lecturer at UCLA Los Angeles and 3D printed by Materialise.

For a complete update on the show, here’s our very own Daniel Dikovsky, Material R&D Team Leader, who attended the show. Here he gives us his own personal account and some unique back-stage photos from the event:

“For me, being in Paris immediately reminds me of where modern art and design came from. But this time, as a 3D printing professional, I looked upon things with a slightly different take – the combination of art and new materials enabled by 3D printing technology.



Fitting on the 3D printed dress backstage


As I made my way through the snowy Paris streets after a visit to the Salvador Dali museum in Monmartre, I was surprised to discover that Dali didn’t think of himself as a sculptor at all. Actually, he had to rely greatly on the expertise of craftsmen in the selection of his materials and in fabricating his geometries. His glass sculptures, for example, are full of bubbles, because of the “glass-paste molding” method that was used to produce them. So being unable to change the material Dali just changed his attitude and claimed that the bubbles contributed to the special visual effects of his work.

Today I attended the “Voltage” haute couture show by Iris van Herpen in the Le Grand Hotel. It was the first time a Connex multi-material 3D printed work was presented on a catwalk. For me, the combination of 3D printing with art and design symbolizes the great leap that we’ve made in our ability to bring ideas to life, while providing a level of technological assistance to the artistic process.

The Objet Connex platform is the first tool to allow artists to customize shape and constitution at the same time. T
he artist is no longer limited to a set of materials, but can design and fabricate his or her own materials as easily as  sketching the object’s form. The use of multiple materials within a 3D printing process is unique to Connex. It allows designers to define specific ‘Digital Materials’ in a process that is similar to existing CAD tools and then apply them to the different parts of the 3D shape they intend to print.


Stratasys Objet Connex 3D Printed Cape

I believe that in the future we will see more artists using 3D printing platforms, simply because it allows them to achieve a new level of freedom in what they do. They will not have to rely on the limited selection of existing crafting processes and materials, but will be able to design their own palettes and combinations, in a way similar to a painter mixing colors on his palette. In this way I believe we will see very complex designs opening up – and many of these being created by a single artist.”

The 3D printed skirt and cape were produced using Stratasys’ unique Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing technology, which allows a variety of material properties to be printed in a single build.

Watch this space for more exciting stuff to come from the Paris Fashion show!


Extreme close-up of the Stratasys 3D printed dress


Stratasys 3D printed dress in close-up

การประยุกต์ใช้ 3D-printed เทคโนโลยีในการสร้าง core และ cavity

บริษัท Unilever สาขาในประเทศอิตาลี ประยุกต์ใช้เครื่อง 3D Printing (Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D printing technology) ในการสร้าง core และ cavity ของแม่พิมพ์เพื่อลด lead time หรือระยะเวลาในการสร้างแม่พิมพ์ เพื่อทำสินค้าต้นแบบ หรือ prototype โดยสามารถลด lead time หรือระยะเวลาลงไปได้ 40%

หลังจากประยุกต์ใช้ 3D-printed เทคโนโลยีในการสร้าง core และ cavity ของแม่พิมพ์ฉีดพลาสติก บริษัท Unilever ที่อิตาลี สามารถผลิตสินค้าต้นแบบ หรือ prototype ที่ใช้วัสดุ หรือ material ที่เหมือนจริง (final end-use material) เช่น polypropylene (PP) เพื่อใช้ในการทดสอบ function การทำงาน และ การใช้งาน (functional และ consumer tests) ด้วยระยะเวลาที่สั่นลงมาก หรือ 40% เมื่อเทียบกับการผลิตด้วยขั้นตอนปกติ


Unilever (เจ้าแบรนด์หลายยี่ห้อ เช่น Surf, Comfort, Hellmann’s และ Domestos) ใช้ Stratasys Objet 500 Connex Multi-material 3D Production System ในการผลิตชิ้นส่วนของแม่พิมพ์ฉีดพลาสติก เพื่อผลิตสินค้าในหมวดของ สินค้าใช้ในบ้าน และ เกี่ยวกับแผนกซักรีด ที่มีชิ้นส่วนประมาณ 50 ชิ้น เช่น ฝาขวด จุกยาง ฝาเกีลยว และอุปกรณ์ประเภทฝา จุก อื่นๆ รวมไปถึง กล่องใส่ผลิตภัณฑ์ที่ใช้ในห้องน้ำ

วัสดุหรือ material ที่ทาง Unilever ใช้ในการผลิต core และ cavity ของแม่พิมพ์ฉีดพลาสติก ด้วยวิธีการ 3D prints คือ ABS (สามารถทนต่อ แรงกระแทก ความร้อน รวมทั้ง สารเคมีได้ดี มีความเหนียว และความมันเงาสูง มีความทนต่อสภาวะบรรยากาศได้ดี) เพราะคุณสมบัติหลายอย่างของ ABS จึงเหมาะสำหรับใช้ผลิตชิ้นส่วนของแม่พิมพ์ และทำให้การฉีดพลาสติกนั้น สามารถฉีดที่อุณหภูมิและที่แรงดันสูงได้ เหมือนกับสภาวะในการฉีดงานจริง ทำให้ชิ้นงาน ยังคงมีคุณภาพที่สูง แต่สามารถลดระยะเวลา หรือ lead time และสามารถลดต้นทุนการผลิตลงได้

นอกจากนี้ Unilever ยังผลิต thermoform tooling prototypes ด้วย FDM-based Fortus 360mc 3D Production System วัสดุหรือ material ที่ใช้ในการผลิตคือ ABS-M30 ด้วยวิธีนี้ทำให้ Unilever สามารถผลิตแม่พิมพ์ที่เหมือนจริง (realistic molds) ที่มีความแข็งแรง เพียงพอต่อการทดสอบ (functional testing) ซึ่งการทดสอบนี้ สำคัญต่อการผลิตแม่พิมพ์จริงๆ อย่างมาก

และนอกจากนี้ การที่สามารถผลิต thermoform tooling prototypes ยังสามารถช่วยในการ ลดระยะเวลา หรือ lead time ได้ประมาณ 35% และสามารถลดต้นทุนการผลิต ในส่วนของแรงงานได้เป็นอย่างมาก เทคโนโลยีนี้ช่วยในการเพิ่มความยืดหยุ่นและประสิทธิภาพของการผลิต เพราะทำให้การออกแบบ และการแก้ไขนั้นง่าย และรวดเร็วขึ้น    ทำให้สามารถได้ผลิตภัณฑ์ที่ต้องการ ก่อนที่จะเริ่มผลิตในขบวนการผลิตต่อไป

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