Challenge and solution

Challenge

Challenge

Traditional manufacturing methods don’t allow enough design freedom, and creating prototypes is a lengthy, costly process. Taking a traditional route would mean product launches were held up considerably, with less products coming to market each year. Additionally, getting people to test the products out would be far more complicated and time-consuming.

Solution

Solution

By using Ultimaker 3D printers, Bhold revolutionized their product design process. Creating prototypes is now cheap and easy, reducing risk in the development phases. 3D printing removes many of the constraints associated with product manufacturing; giving the company complete design freedom and confidence in the new products' competitive edge.

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Ultimaker 3D printers

Products 1/year Products 12/year
Iterations 4/product Iterations 100/product
Cost $250/prototype Cost $13/prototype
Time 2 weeks/prototype Time 8 hours/prototype

Using her Ultimaker 3D printer, Susan reduces the time involved with prototyping from weeks to hours while saving significant costs.

Results

Cost reduction

Cost reduction

Unlike traditional manufacturing methods, Ultimaker printers don’t require heavy machinery or tooling. After initial setup, the only cost is the material used; and this is negligible.

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Adaptability and beta testing

Adaptability and beta testing

It only takes a few hours to create a 3D printed prototype. Bhold can evaluate new designs and gain user feedback via a global community of testers and quickly create new iterations.

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Speed

Speed

Without using third-party contractors, Bhold significantly increases flexibility. The design process shrinks from months to days; resulting in a shorter time to market.

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Design freedom

Design freedom

Printing up to 100 concepts per product, Bhold can achieve striking, functional, data-driven designs that were impossible to create with traditional manufacturing methods.

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