When designing complex units in-house, some companies run into a problem that is lack of parts available on the market. This is the issue that a Polish company, INMED-Karczewscy, ran into while constructing their own ceiling pendant for hospital equipment. The control panel of the device has to be fully accessible and easy to use while still corresponding to the rest of the design. Outsourcing a prototype model wouldn’t be cost-efficient because the design might need some changes. With a cheap, plastic 3D printed prototype it’s easier to test the concept and make alterations.
In-house prototyping with a 3D printer resolves the issue of expensive and time-consuming outsourcing. INMED-Karczewscy decided on implementing a ZMorph 3D printer in the workflow to minimize the costs and speed up the manufacturing process. By designing the control panel within the company, they were able to test various iterations without spending a lot of money. The 3D printed control panel could be installed on the ceiling pendant and even equipped with electronics to check how it works and if there are any obstacles in using it.
As a result, the company can fully control the prototyping and manufacturing process with various iterations that can be tested and altered. The 3D printed prototype is cheap and doesn’t take much time to make, allowing the company to save on outsourcing. The final design can be CNC milled or molded. The cost of investment in the ZMorph 3D printer returned in a year, and that is not counting the work hours.