How 3D printing and scanning are helping revolutionize ‘Crockery & Cutlery’ Industry
- 3D scanning helps in reverse engineering of existing products – New designs and models can be created in no time from the existing models at a fraction of designing costs and time
- 3D scanning helps in inspecting your finished products for design and dimensional consistencies.
- 3D printing enables quick and cost-effective prototyping of your designs. The 3D printed physical models can be presented to your customers for demonstrations and for market research way before commencing production.
- 3D printing helps in avoiding costs due to die/cast
What is 3D Scanning and 3D printing ?
3D scanning is the process of converting physical objects into digital models. Rather than designing products from the scratch, the physical objects can be scanned to obtain digital models. The digital models can be used for modifications helping you save on designing time, costs and effort.
3D Printing helps create your prototypes directly from the digital models. Unlike the traditional manufacturing processes, a single physical object can be produced without a need for die/cast helping you avoid huge costs and turnaround time. In cases where creating a die/cast is necessary, Rapid prototyping using 3D printings helps avoid Molding/Casting rejections.
This case study illustrates the advantage of 3D Scanning and 3D Printing over conventional processes in Crockery and Cutlery industry.
Here , by taking an existing cooker-handle as reference , we create a new cooker-handle with a few design modifications.
The original product
In this stage, the component is made ready for 3D Scanning by painting the cooker-handle with a removable spray. This process helps avoid light reflections and enhances accuracy.
Time taken for pre-processing: 45 minutes
Here, the handle is scanned using a 3D Scanner. The 3D model of the handle obtained from scanning is used for further modifications.
Time taken for scanning: 30 minutes
Here, the 3D model from the scanning is exported into appropriate designing software to modify the scan to add pattern for better grip.
Time taken for re-designing : 90 minutes
The re-designed cooker-handle is printed using 3D Printers.
Time taken for 3D printing : 180 minutes
The entire exercise took less than 6 hours from inception to prototype of a new design.
Adopting these technologies into your process gives you flexibility at a fraction of cost to experiment with new designs as the turnaround time is reduced from weeks to hours.
How think3d can help you adopt these technologies in your company?
Think3d – India’s largest 3D printing platform – partners with you and aids in enabling you to use these technologies to your advantage . In addition to providing sales and services of 3D printers and scanners that suit your need and budget, we also provide 3D Designing, 3D Scanning and 3D printing services. Our highly qualified team will train you in using this equipment ‘in – house’ and our dedicated support team makes sure that your equipment is always up and running