Challenge and solution

Challenge

Challenge

In the past, designers like Julian had to depend on 3rd party contractors, which meant he was forced to work to their schedule. As a result, making iterations took a lot of time and money. Sometimes, creative teams had to wait weeks just to make a single change to his design.

Solution

Solution

After considerable research and testing, Julian selected an Ultimaker 3D printer. He liked the machine’s speed, accuracy, and reliability, which were ideal for his requirements. He was able to create multiple prototypes in-house and perfect his designs.

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Iterations /product 3 Iterations / product 50
Cost / prototype $400 Cost / prototype $50
Time / prototype 8 weeks Time / prototype 1 week

In 18 months, Julian made over 100 prints and modifications – far more than would have been possible using 3rd party suppliers. Material costs and printing times are successfully managed by adjusting the model size, and it’s much easier to modify, collaborate, and get innovative with the manufacturing process.

Results

Greater flexibility

Greater flexibility

3D printing means Julian can experiment with design in a fast, cost-effective way. Through multiple prototypes and iterations, the design evolves naturally over time, without time or financial constraint.

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Better collaborations

Better collaborations

Having a tangible model makes collaboration a lot simpler and faster. Having Ultimakers in-house made it easier for Julian to communicate ideas between his partners and colleagues in London and Hong Kong offices.

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Higher complexity

Higher complexity

Precision is important in fashion design. Ultimaker enabled Julian to achieve highly complex and very stable prototypes for catwalk presentations, not to mention fast-proof concept models - flexibly, quickly, and inexpensively.

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More reliability and control

More reliability and control

Using Ultimaker products gave Julian the confidence to leave the machine printing overnight, knowing that he’d be pleased with the results in the morning. This helped his team save weeks of model creation.

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