"They were blown away by the surface finish, the quality, and the overall level of work that we were able to show them based on a conversation we had had just 2 weeks earlier. [We] won over our client straight from the printer."
—Quentin Forbes, VP Engineering at VAULT
  • How is 3D printing changing product design?

    3D printing enables designers to create products that are not possible to produce with traditional manufacturing.

    Industrial designers Ashley May and David Evans entered the hi-fi world because they saw an opportunity to do something that had never been done. With access to a 3D Systems SLS 3D printer, they put their heads together to devise a high performance product that took advantage of 3D printing.

    “It was like a fresh start for us as designers,” says Evans. “We’ve always known how to design things so they could be manufactured in a particular way, whereas this sort of threw everything out the window and opened up our imaginations to what was possible.”

    Their vision was to create a loudspeaker that produces audio quality that rivals a live experience, with a beautiful, sculptural aesthetic. They worked with an acoustic engineer to prototype and refine their vision, until finally arriving on their flagship product, HYLIXA.

    “Every component that we 3D printed, we’ve done for a reason,” says Evans. “We’ve used the technology to benefit the product in one way or another, and pushed to take everything to the absolute limit.”

  • SLS 3D Printing Enables Functional Products

    Established in 1918 in Idaho Falls, Idaho Steel manufactures, maintains and customizes machines used to render potatoes in an almost infinite variety of sizes and shapes. If you've had french fries, potato salad, mashed potatoes or tater tots, odds are they were produced with an Idaho Steel machine. 

    Idaho Steel's emphasis on customization makes it a perfect fit for production-quality 3D printing. They created a housing for a laser that detects the material level of a hopper and relays it to the control system. Manufacturing of this durable part was previously outsourced to another company, but the quality was not meeting Idaho Steel's standards.

    "3D printing gives us more control over individual parts, which in the end helps us deliver superior equipment in a much faster timeframe." says Jon Christensen, marketing and sales manager at Idaho Steel

    "We are no longer limited by our standard and traditional machining tools," says Idaho Steel CEO Bradshaw. "We are only limited by the imagination and creativity of our design group."

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