3D printed smart scanner seems to be the next big thing in the 3D industry. Established Barcode scanner manufacturer ProGlove partnered with post-processing company DyeMansion to enter the series of production of the latest wearable device.
ProGlove, by using DyeMansion’s Powershot system is able to create products having a premium finish. This partnership also allowed the company to ramp-up the production of Mark Display scanner.
“In the beginning, the parts were spray-painted afterwards, but the color faded during use,” explained Konstantin Brunnbauer, VP of Production at ProGlove. “With PolyShot Surfacing we have superior surfaces. I think it’s perceived as a premium compared to some of the injection molded parts.”
ProGlove’s 4.0 Devices
ProGlove is the Munich based company manufacturing ‘Mark’ scanning devices and “Insight” software range, designed to make smart wearables as user-friendly. Due to its innovative technology, the company has some top clients as brands, including Audi, Volkswagen, and Seat.
In the initial stage, ProGlove used FDM 3D printing for manufacturing prototypes, but found that it was not enough for functional devices.
ProGlove was concerned about being able to print only 3D of devices in white color. However, after regular use, the company noticed that prototypes began to discolored and looked for production solution allows to consistently creating high-quality products.
To overcome this issue, ProGlove outsourced the printing process to Form rise, which repeatedly produced devices. Later the firm partnered with DyeMansion to finish its products.
When it comes to color, the white parts would have been a no-go. We wanted to have this orange lighting signal,” explained Brunnbauer. “When we first started dyeing with the DyeMansion DM60 it was the standard orange. DyeMansion has undertaken some color development, and now it is our ‘ProGlove Orange.’
As a new company, ProGlove will be releasing fresh product iterations on a yearly basis, and using 3D printing, it has been able to shorten its innovation cycle. Although the firm is currently scaling the launch of its new Display scanner, it is already working with DyeMansion on new additions to its portfolio.
In 3D printing, post process is an important part, and to create high-quality parts, several firms have developed their own dedicated machines.
US-based SLA 3D printer manufacturer Nexa3D recently launched its xCure post-processing system. This new machine, with the capacity of curing parts on a “production scale,” has been optimized for use with its flagship NXE400 3D printer.