When surveying potential manufacturing techniques, the team at Fitz Frames needed to find a production technique that allowed for durability, style, and customization. Traditional methods such as casting and molding were great for durability and style; however, when it came to customization, the limitations of conventional manufacturing techniques would have been too expensive and time-consuming. It quickly became apparent to the Fitz Frames team that 3D printing was the only suitable option if they wanted to offer the perfect end product for their consumers.
When making the switch from production methods that you’ve used in the past, you need to consider that your previous concepts and designs won’t necessarily translate to 3D printing.
When designing their frames, the Fitz Frames team had to rethink everything we previously knew about eyewear. From what constituted style to aspects that could be adjusted to ensure a customized fit: the Fitz Frames team deconstructed a process that hadn’t changed since the start of the 20th century. This way, they could ensure that their product met their parameters and utilized all of the benefits of additive manufacturing to the fullest.
By creating a process that utilized additive manufacturing and optimized the customization workflow, Fitz Frames started a unique user journey that the end-user can complete in as little as 15 seconds. All they need to do is use their smartphone to snap a pic, and the Fitz Frames app collects the necessary measurements. Once a choice of frame is selected, all that’s left to do is press print. The method has become so efficient that Fitz Frames was able to launch a new customizable form of PPE at the start of the pandemic in just 11 days.
Here are some of the most common mistakes made when people make the switch and how you can avoid them.
It’s important to remember that you’re stepping into uncharted territory when you’re embarking on a new AM journey, but don’t let that intimidate you. The benefits and creative freedom that you gain when making the switch mean that you can create something truly unique.