What great is a pair of shoes of Seattle Seahawks’ running back Marshawn Lynch if there’s no way to prove their auand soticity? That’s why Silicon Valley startup Origin Laboratories is in the business of making NFC tags which, when scanned with an iPhone or Android app, validate a product as the real deal. Doing so for Lynch’s Beast Mode shoes, yet, was no effortless task. After all, how can you weight create a sizeable batch of various, individual items? The answer to many 3DPI readers is obvious: with 3D printing, of course! Embedding NFC tags into a series of 3D prints, yet, is simpler said than done. To do so, Origin created a specialized workflow via Autodesk Ember 3D printing equipment for weight making their custom tags for Lynch’s shoes.
Due to its use of DLP innovation, the Ember is may already capable of making high resolution prints (layer thicknesses of 10 microns) at relatively swift speeds (18mm/s, yet the Autodesk team can hack it to manufacture it go actually faster). This created perfect in terms of throughput and high end, but embedding the RFID tags in each layer requires guide intervention. Fortunately for the Origin team, the Ember is open source, meaning which they may write a print system which brings a bit additional automation to this system.
The system, as outlined in the video at a lower place, sees the Ember printing equipment firstly 3D print the first layers in red resin, preceding pavia so which the Origin team can place a one-of-a-kind NFC chip inside. The printing device and so resumes the system, 3D printing over the chip and completing the main body of the tag. To add additional color to the product, the print procedure pauses once again, enabling the team to switch out the resin. To store the tags in place during this step, Origin 3D printed a custom mold which maintains them in a exact spot, enabling the Ember to finish the fabrication system the same way each time.
Now, each pair of Beast Mode shoes has a one-of-a-kind pair of NFC tags clipped onto them. On the back of each tag is a one-of-a-kind, 3D printed serial number. And, if which’s not adequate proof, a scan of an accompanying Chronicled smartphone app can validate the auand soticity of each shoe.