Practical Applications of Custom 3D Printing

Until relatively recently, online product designer tools are always just been a “bit of fun” but that is no longer the case. Today, as well as cute, quirky and funny custom products, there are ones with truly useful practical online design applications. One great example is the new Chef’s knife created by NextGen.
Standard knives are designed for people to wrap their hands around the grips. That’s fine for the way the average person cuts things, but it doesn’t reflect what chefs do when they are chopping large amounts of food. Chefs usually pinch the bottom of the blade section with their thumb and index finger. If you do that on a knife with a jutting out handle, it will give you callouses and blisters.

Custom online 3D Printing is a Leap Forward in Ergonomic Design

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But nor Custom online 3D Printing only. Also 3D printing for such unexpected things like knifes.
NextGen spent a year watching how chefs work, and then used 3D Printing technology to create an ergonomically designed, robust, easy to sharpen knife that works for them. The knife won’t fit in a standard knife holder, because of the shape, so they also created a custom bag made out of a toughened material to keep the knife in. You can learn more about the design of the knife here:

NextGen Knives offers two versions of their product – a plain version which is a simple ergonomic knife, and a customizable version which is even more advanced. With the customized version of the product, the manufacturers will tailor make the grip of the knife to suit your hand.
The most impressive think about this custom grip is the way that it is measured and made. There are no molds to mess with, and there’s no need to try to measure your own hand. All you have to do is send a scan of your hand with a US Quarter next to it. The designer’s software will work out the size of your hand and then create the custom mold based on that one simple image.
It’s great to see custom Magento product designer doing something really interesting with 3D printing. Toys and jewelry are an obvious and fun starting point, but these practical applications are where the true ‘killer app’ for custom products will really lie.

Amazon Competing With Café Press

Amazon has launched a new T-Shirt printing service using online design software which will give you the opportunity to design your own t-shirts and other merchandise, and have it printed by a third party merchant, then delivered to your home. The service, called Amazon Custom, will operate in direct competition with services such as Café Press.
The launch of Amazon Custom could be bad news for Café Press, SpreadShirt and other similar companies, because Amazon has significantly greater reach than the other websites. Most people have heard of Amazon, and will eventually stumble across one of the custom product design options while browsing the website. Many people will never have heard of Café Press – unless they have a reason to seek out the service.

Pre-Approved Sellers Only

Amazon is running a pilot program for the printing service, with a limited number of pre-approved sellers. Buyers can customize the products that they are interested in from within the Amazon website, and then add the custom product to their shopping carts. Amazon will then deliver the product customization information to the printer, who will handle order fulfillment.
The technology behind the product designer is quite simple, right now. The Preview widget is based on a 400×400 pixel version of the image, and text-based customizations are handled by overlaying text over that image. Amazon is testing an image-based designer, but only with a limited number of sellers. In the past, sellers of custom products have found Amazon’s ordering system problematic. Technical issues can create a situation where the buyer requests a customization – such as their name engraved on a pen – but then the information about this is not passed on correctly to the seller, so they are required to contact the buyer before they can fulfill their order. This slower fulfillment process can be a serious issue and can lead to cancellations and refund requests.

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Amazon requires custom product sellers to accept returns and offer refunds, and sellers are urged to offer fast fulfillment times so that there is less risk of buyers’ remorse kicking in with purchases. If the program takes off, Amazon will be one step closer to becoming a true “one-stop-shop” for every kind of product that you can possibly imagine, from groceries to clothing and entertainment, not just books and DVDs.