Supporting Multiple Desktop 3D Printing Needs
Unlike existing 3D printers, whose primary focus is on the production of physical prototypes of mechanical parts for use by engineers, the Desktop Factory 3D Desktop Printer needed to support the varying requirements of the home and office. In other words, the Desktop 3D Printer had to address the needs of model hobbyists, part-time designers, and professionals ranging from architects to surgeons. Satisfying these wide-ranging applications presented challenges that required extensive research into who would use the printer and how it would be used as a critical stage of development.
Engineering a Simple, Affordable 3D Printer
After conducting human factor and configuration studies, Nectar performed industrial design on the printer’s exterior, control panel, hopper, and coating subsystem. Using research findings, evaluations of concept mockups, and the results of color studies, Nectar refined the design for the Desktop Factory 3D Desktop Printer and generated detailed CAD models and a ready-to-manufacture production package. The firm also served as liaison to the manufacturing vendor to ensure quality, cost-effective production.