When you already know the type of product a company sells, it is often hard to figure out the reason why it may need 3D technology… then you discover that, for X problem encountered, it makes sense to use 3D printing.
New Agorist, a beer company, recently printed a 3D faucet for its customers who run draught systems. This type of faucet is often made of wood or injection molded plastic, therefore presents a standard design.
To be original, New Agorist decides to use 3D printing to attract other customers. Since 3D modeling is not really their core business, they call for Todd Blatt and Benjamin Jefferson, designers from Shapeways to see what they could imagine as models.
Speaking about production, the company was hesitating between buying a Form 2 and a Prusa. After a few exchanges with the two companies and because the price of the Form 2 was not really in the company’s budget, Formlabs lent them one of its 3D printers for production and invites them to serve their beer while presenting their new tap at a conference.
At the manufacturing level, the team says they “were amazed at how user friendly this high-tech device [3D printer] was to use. Like any new technology there were a few minor bugs to work out such as an oversensitive resin sensor. But their customer service was great in providing a quick solution. Before we knew it, the little laser was dancing around the orange and silver box, bringing our tap handles to life. I’m not going to lie, it was like watching the replicator from Star Trek! Except, instead of it taking mere seconds to materialize, it was more like 16 hours to print a pair of handles. However, it is only Stardate-2018. So, we’ll give them time to work on that.”
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