We are happy to announce the arrival our newest family member, The Makerbot 5th Gen 3D Printer!
Weighing in at 16 KG [35.3 LBS], 52.8cm (20.8″) long.
All are doing well.
Love, the Whistle family 🙂
Ok, let’s be serious.
Prototyping is still such an important part of the product development process. With the onset of digital tools in our industry, nothing has come close to putting a real, tactile object into a client’s hands to evaluate form, size and function like prototyping. It’s critical in making a good product into a great one. We can’t speak highly enough of the importance of ergonomic evaluation throughout the design process. It’s one of the cornerstone fundamentals of “user-centric” design and its amazing how often it is overlooked and products make it onto shelves with uncomfortable handles or weird proportions.
While we previously had to wait days to have parts made externally, bringing a 3D printer in-house means we can now churn out parts and form studies in hours. This is such a great advantage in our design process, and is one of those little things that helps get great products to market fast. We’ve already been running the machine almost non-stop. Lets be honest, they’re not all client parts, there’s a few little “test” prints in there too; toys, letters, gears, a “bat” symbol… this could get expensive!
The nitty gritty
For those curious folks, we settled on one of the newest Makerbot 5th Gen 3D Printers, which is a filament extrusion type machine (or FDM, fused deposition moulding). This type of machine layers up PLA 0.1mm at a time to make the parts. Oh, and PLA (Polylactic Acid) is derived from renewable resources like corn starch or sugar cane, which is a renewable source and totally biodegradable!
You can read more on these latest machines at https://www.makerbot.com