CONSUMER GOODS

Consumer Goods

Angled Makes It Possible for Anyone to Launch a 3D Printed Product

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

The online store utilizes open capacity at its sister 3D printer farms for on-demand production with no startup costs, allowing designers to sell physical products as easily as digital ones.
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Production

Gantri’s 3D Printed Luxury Lighting Brings Designers Closer to Consumers

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

The San Francisco startup is changing designer lighting with a designer-forward online marketplace and just-in-time delivery enabled by 3D printing.
#polymer

Consumer Goods

What Do These Flip Flops Say About Manufacturing's Future?: The Cool Parts Show S3E5

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

These 3D printed flip-flops are an example of mass customization, but they also hint at manufacturing's more sustainable, circular future. Find out why in this episode of The Cool Parts Show. 
#coolparts #polymer #sustainability

Consumer Goods

How 3D Printing Changes Products in the Circular Economy (Video #4)

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

3D printing makes possible new and different consumer goods, but also changes the buyer's relationship to those goods. More in this video, part of our series on 3D Printing and the Circular Economy. 
#sustainability #video

Consumer Goods

Retraction Footwear Is the Sustainable Manufacturing Business of the Future

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

Retraction Footwear offers a new way of buying flip-flops that are made to suit each customer. But the company also represents a new way of thinking about production, in a circular economy loop that encompasses material, design, manufacturing, product and end-of-life.
#sustainability #polymer

Production

Parametric Design and 3D Printing Deliver Custom, Sustainably Manufactured Furniture

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

Model No. operates at the intersection of technology and design. Its custom furniture is made on demand through a combination of proprietary large-format 3D printers, sustainable materials and a sleek online storefront.
#polymer #sustainability

Consumer Goods

Shoe Manufacturing at Flowbuilt Is Reshored and Reimagined

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

The shoe store of the future is more like a digitized tailor’s shop than a warehouse. Flowbuilt Manufacturing is the flexible contract manufacturer that can serve this vision, using both 3D printing and injection molding.
#polymer #moldmaking

Production

The Future of Jewelry Manufacturing Is Custom, On Demand and Perfectly Sized

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

The Melvin sisters launched their startup, The Future of Jewelry, when they couldn’t find matching signet rings. Now, customers can design exactly the ring they want, to be produced affordably through 3D printing and/or lost wax casting.
#polymer #casting

Production

From Idea to PPE Product in 10 Days: The Cool Parts Show Special Episode

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

Fitz Frames' custom 3D printed glasses have turned out to be a launch point for an item of personal protective equipment (PPE) used in the fight against COVID-19.
#polymer #coolparts #video

Consumer Goods

The Foot Measurement System That Allows for Mass Customized Insoles

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

Aetrex’s Albert scanner is an example of how advances in measurement technology aid 3D printing in realizing its promise.
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