How 3D Printing Accelerates Product Development
- | Rapid Prototypes in Under 24 Hours
- | Cut costs by up to 90% compared to Machining
- | Versatile tools for every stage of product development
Our cutting-edge 3D Printing capabilities guarantee prompt delivery for industrial design projects of any scale. We minimize logistical hassles and ensure faster delivery times by producing high quality parts locally in North America.
Forge Labs helps industrial designers and engineers accelerate the design process with high-quality prototyping and quick turnaround times. Utilizing 3D printing technology, we can construct complex and functional models using real-world plastics, without relying on traditional manufacturing technologies such as injection molding or CNC machining. 3D printing allows manufacturers to sidestep these processes entirely, enabling on-demand production of customized products without the need for additional investment in tooling.
Our Digital Manufacturing Process
Forge Labs' instant quoting platform helps strengthen your supply chain and obtain custom parts tailored to your needs—whether for prototyping, R&D, validation, or full-scale production. Leverage our advanced capabilities and virtually limitless capacity to accelerate your timelines and consistently meet innovation deadlines. Get end-use parts and prototypes printed directly from CAD files in as little as 1-4 business days. This time efficiency allows for additional rounds of testing, resulting in improved designs and reduced risks prior to tooling investment. Our extensive selection of materials gives designers the flexibility to experiment with everything from soft rubbers to flame-resistant plastics and metals.
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Solutions for Industrial Designers
Precision Rapid Prototypes
Prototyping is an essential phase in industrial design, and delays at this stage are undesirable. Whether it's a handful of intricate components or a larger quantity, our platform and teams can provide fast quotes and ensure timely delivery. We're adept at transitioning from prototyping to limited batch production, supplying interim components while you finalize your primary vendor selection. We provide access to the industry's most advanced 3D printing technologies, which enable the creation of prototypes with tolerances as tight as +/- 0.1mm, intricate details as fine as 0.2mm, and features as thin as 0.7mm—all without compromising structural integrity.
Crafting user-centric products is complex, with real-world performance influenced by ergonomics, aesthetics, and more. Validating these factors can be challenging. 3D printing enables designers to test products comprehensively. Our advanced technologies allow for swift design iterations, ensuring the final product maintains its quality and functionality without compromise. Industrial designers can easily customize products to meet specific customer requirements or adapt designs for different markets or applications. This level of customization is often challenging or costly with traditional manufacturing techniques.
Reduced Tooling Costs
Unlike conventional methods, 3D printing doesn't necessitate the creation of molds, dies, or specialized tooling, allowing designers to bypass these costly and time-consuming steps and move directly from digital design to physical prototype or end-use product. Designing and producing tools can be time-consuming and expensive, with alterations further delaying production and increasing costs. However, advancements in 3D printing offer cost-effective and efficient alternatives. This technology allows for faster prototyping and tool creation, eliminating the need for traditional methods, and facilitating more complex designs without escalating costs.
Industrial designers can now produce parts or products precisely when and where they are needed, eliminating the necessity for maintaining large inventories and long, complex supply chains. This transformation brings several advantages, such as reduced storage costs, lower risk of overproduction and waste, and the ability to respond rapidly to changes in demand or design modifications. 3D printing enables businesses to adopt a more localized and decentralized approach to manufacturing, reducing the environmental impact associated with long-distance transportation of goods. On-demand production not only enhances supply chain efficiency but also allows for greater flexibility in meeting customer demands, making it a valuable solution for industrial designers and businesses aiming to streamline their operations and reduce resource consumption.
Case Studies in Industrial Design
Power Tool Prototypes with FDM
Robbox used 3D printing to quickly and cost-effectively iterate on their smart power tools, avoiding expensive prototypes and reducing design time and risk.
Redesigning The Tim Horton's Lid
The original Tim Hortons lid was known for its issues with leakage, discomfort during drinking, and lack of sustainability. In a matter of weeks, Forge Labs' design team transformed ideas into more than twenty 3D models for real world testing.
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