Speedo’s Product Development Uses Stratasys to Prototype Googles and ‘Hard Goods’ Products

Published by , January 6, 2017 8:49 am

(StratasysBlog) Speedo’s product development arm is focused at their research and development center, Aqualab, in Nottingham, England. They use their Stratasys PolyJet-based 3D printer to prototype and validate designs prior to production for vital equipment like goggles or other “hard goods,” such as training aids and swim caps. Early and accurate design validation not only reduces the design cycle but also screens out design flaws prior to production.
Chris Johnson, a design manager for hard goods at Speedo, explained that 3D printing goggle models in multiple materials – transparent and rigid (VeroClear) to simulate polycarbonate lenses and rubber-like black (TangoBlackPlus) to simulate silicone – offered product designers nearly immediate opportunity to test for fit and function, while the cost-effectiveness allowed multiple design iterations.

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