On Demand Appearance Models Help Companies and Customers Win

On Demand
Appearance Models Help Companies and Customers Win

Quick delivery of accurate, high quality appearance models
advances design outcomes for better products, faster.

Anyone
in product development can confirm: progress is not always linear. Going from
an idea to a reality takes careful consideration, implementation and
verification, often with rounds of redesign and refinement in between. And
while we rely on the function of a product, we engage with the form, making
each aspect meaningful to the overall user experience.

A
great example is an electric razor. Regardless of manufacturer, this product is
made and purchased to trim hair, yet other distinctive features impact specific
success with customers. Ergonomics, for one; how it will look on a bathroom
counter, for another. Designing with the customer in mind therefore
necessitates appearance modeling to assess and address the look and feel of a
product before launching into the next phase of production.

The
uses and purposes of appearance models can vary greatly throughout the product
development process, from non-functional appearance models for assessment to
functional appearance models that mimic the final product in look and feel. An
appearance model can offer insight and add value at every stage. Early
prototype appearance models create an opportunity to evaluate and evolve
designs, whereas compelling functional appearance models at later stages can be
used to solicit consumer feedback or help secure investors or buyers. In large
equipment manufacturing and construction, scaled appearance models play a vital
communications role to ensure upfront alignment among stakeholders, inspire
discussion, and bring dimension to concept drawings.

To
offset the cost and energy that accompanies delivering appearance models in
product development, 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing offers a range of appearance model services. 3D Systems’
manufacturing experts work collaboratively with brands and individuals to dial
in on a project’s specific requirements and deliver precise articles or article
tooling at any stage of development. In addition to its broad portfolio of 3D
printing technologies, 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing offers CNC milling,
vacuum casting, color developing, mechatronics and engineering services to
deliver appearance models across a wide range of sizes, finishes and materials.

3D
Systems is also equipped to help customers who have completed the development
phase and are ready to begin engineering for production. Continuing to work
with 3D Systems’ On Demand Manufacturing often proves advantageous in terms of
time and cost, as 3D Systems’ engineers are already familiar with the upcoming
product and related engineering requirements. Calling on their experience and
expertise, 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing can help its customers transition
from appearance models to delivering technical parts and soft tooling for full
manufacturing services.

3D
Systems’ appearance modeling services include:

  • Non-functional volume appearance models
    for study
  • Non-functional look and feel appearance
    models
  • Functional appearance models with
    features like hinges, lighting, displays and other mechatronics
  • Low volume production parts
  • Soft tooling of parts for early
    production

In
a recent project with Seatools, a global subsea solutions provider, 3D Systems
helped deliver a batch of seven hand painted 3D printed appearance models for a
trade show display at a major industry conference. According to the company,
these models not only helped attract more people to Seatools’ display, but they
helped start more conversations with potential customers to make connections
for new business. Read the full case study to learn how 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing helped
deliver this success.

3D
Systems On Demand Manufacturing combines technology and craftsmanship under one
roof to help its customers achieve accurate, high quality parts quickly and
reliably. Additional On Demand Manufacturing services include fast-turn and
advanced prototyping as well as low volume production including CNC, urethane
casting and injection tooling.

Contact
3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing experts
today for help with your next project.

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