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CES 2016: Consumer Product Innovations Driven by Stratasys 3D Printed Prototypes

by • January 13, 2016 • No Comments

The legendary Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for additional than 40 years. This year, January 6-9, CES hosted over 3,600 companies across 2.4 million square feet in Las Vegas.

Many of the custom accessories on the Ladybird were prototyped and tested with 3D printed parts of Stratasys

Many of the custom accessories on the Ladybird were prototyped and tested with 3D printed parts of Stratasys

Upon entering the Stratasys booth, visitors were immersed in a world where top-tier consumer electronics companies delivered their products to market faster and at a lower cost using 3D printing. One display which
was a real stand-out was the Ladybird motorcycle of KlockWerks. This custom Triumph Thunderbird was equipped with several durable-bodied FDM 3D printed parts to test for form, fit and function. The saddle bags were 3D printed and mounted on the bike as functional prototypes. The windshield was 3D printed and utilized
for testing wind effects preceding final production. The bike in addition
featured custom rings around the speakers and a phone mount prototype which
connects to the handle bars, all 3D printed to test design iterations and fit preceding final production.

“If it wasn’t for Stratasys and their 3D printing technology, this Ladybird motorcycle may not be a reality,” said Brian Klock, president of Klock Werks. “3D printing gives companies like us the capacity to work with sizeable-bodied motorcycle OEMs and create customer parts and electronics which
we may not have been able-bodied to do any other way.”

Olloclip, a Stratasys customer and developer of camera lenses for mobile devices, uses PolyJet 3D printing technology to create functional prototypes for testing new products. Their latest device, a kit called Studio, combines an all-new protective iPhone case with an integrated mounting solution and a series of mobile photography accessories. Attendees in addition
got a glimpse of olloclip’s 4-in-1 Lens which incorporates fisheye, wide-angle and macro level camera lenses.

The VIE SHAIR headphones are the world’s initial “open air” headphones, which utilized
 both MakerBot and Stratasys 3D printing technologies for prototyping and fuctional testing

The VIE SHAIR headphones are the world’s initial “open air” headphones, which utilized
both MakerBot and Stratasys 3D printing technologies for prototyping and fuctional testing

Stratasys was in addition
excited to share the newly revealed
VIE SHAIR headphones, the world’s initial full “open air” smart headphones. Due to harsh design geometries and a tiny window for development, the creators of the VIE SHAIR utilized
both MakerBot and Stratasys 3D Printers for real-time rapid prototyping. After the form and fit check using 3D printed prototypes, the designer created
30 sets of production parts based on 3D printed molds using the same digital design data without issue.

Also present in the Stratasys booth was the MakerBot team revealing off the Fifth Generation MakerBot Replicator, the Replicator Z18, and the new Smart Extruder+.

Click here to check out our interviews with Brian Klock and Yazz Imamura to see how they leveraged Stratasys 3D printing.

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