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CONSUMER Products

The Wow Factor: to the shop shelf and beyond

Seductive curves. Sleek. Sexy. Tactile. Functional. Unbreakable. Desirable. Fit for purpose. And just… Wow! Those are just a few attributes consumer products need if they are to find a place in their markets. The development is a journey. A journey of at least 100 rejections before you get an acceptance. And that’s just before you put your idea down on CAD.

The competition in the consumer products market is ferociously intense. You need a production partner who understands the very essence of what you are trying to achieve. Who knows precisely which blend of technologies will give you results beyond your expectations; never mind those of your audience.

We have been helping customers like you develop consumer products since 2003. Our technologies and materials and services encourage you to explore those small, incremental changes at the development stage that will have a major, winning result when your product hits its market place. We’ve helped consumer product creators to innovate, develop, test, improve and produce award-winning, exceptional results. We’ve supported them through concept visualization and design iterations and advised on technology processes. We can also help them to find production solutions.

  • Push your creativity to the limits with multiple print and additive manufacturing options
  • Achieve first-to-market product launches with our rapid prototyping assistance
  • Lower inventory spending with our production and low volume solutions
  • Increase production quality and accuracy with custom jigs, fixtures and gauges


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Additive Manufacturing advantages for Consumer Products

Tool free solutions for end-use parts

Consumer products need to be functional, aesthetically pleasing, ergonomic and… just wow! With an array of materials designed to meet all those criteria, additive manufacturing gives you the chance to realise your design sooner. It enables you to explore fit and functionality options without incurring tooling costs. Parts can be overmoulded, painted, printed with desired graphics and finished to exemplary standards. And now, with materials specifically designed for production and tough enough to endure daily use, additive manufacturing can be used to produce end parts without thinking about tooling.

We can help you deliver on value and on economies of scale. Our revolutionary additive manufacturing technologies, Digital Light Synthesis™ and Multi Jet Fusion open up endless exciting production and customisation opportunities. Parts possess all the qualities of injection moulded plastics without the tooling costs. Materials are all biocompatible and the layering and resolution are so good you can even print wires in 1:72 scale!








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Prototyping to Production

Meet product challenges at any scale. The additive manufacturing process drastically reduces prototyping time with an ‘on-deck’ facility for revising designs in no time.

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Production

Print end-use parts with consistent isotropic and mechanical properties. Multiple parts provide scale economics. A wide variety of biocompatible materials, including rubbers, flexible polyurethanes and rigid nylons.

Applications

Applications

Baby products, straps, wearable devices, containers, toys, bottles, electronic devices, keypads, lighting, sports protection, textured components simulating leather and more.


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Rapid Technologies advantages for Consumer Products

Prototypes… pronto!

 Shorten production times for revolutionary ideas and enhance quality with a suite of rapid validation prototyping and testing services, including 3D printing, vacuum casting, reaction injection moulding and silicone casting. Our experienced technicians and model makers deliver highly accurate, production-representative parts produced quickly and cost-effectively using low-cost tooling capabilities.








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Form and Functionality

A fast, cost-effective method of producing low numbers of highly detailed, highly accurate thermoplastic, silicone and polyurethane components and products with similar properties to injection moulded or cast parts.

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Production

From one offs to low numbers of prototypes. Our model makers can add essentials such as mechanisms and electrics.

Applications

Applications

Concepts to full assemblies of items in transparent and opaque simulants.


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CNC technology advantages for Consumer Products

Lower costs and assure quality with end-to-end supply chain management, and faster tooling and part production times

Successful consumer product development requires speed to market and accuracy. A supplier who can help you evaluate materials, develop your prototypes, deliver on low volume manufacturing and create production tools quickly and cost-effectively will be a key factor in helping you beat your competition to market.

Our engineering and contract managed CNC capabilities allow you to flex your designs, produce prototypes quickly, develop and modify tools for manufacture and achieve outstanding quality at the manufacturing stage.








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Design Support

For gauges, jigs and fixtures. Working together to ensure creative and functional elements align with repeatability, and quality is assured at the point of manufacture.

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Production

3- and 5-axis milling and turning to create prototypes and component parts. Lower inventory spending and meet quality and delivery targets with contract manufacturing.

Applications

Tooling

Our large-gantry, state-of-the-art CNC machines provide facility for production of assembly, RIM, vac, press, and hammer form tools as well as specialist dies and moulds.


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