Thule

Active people know Thule. As a global leader in solutions that allow people to “bring with them what they care for most,” the Thule brand name adorns products from car racks and carriers, to luggage and bags, and kids’ accessories. With the Thule Group’s American corporate headquarters and U.S. manufacturing facility located in Seymour, Connecticut, product design and innovation are key drivers for this active lifestyle company.

Thule’s spirit of innovation drew them to early 3D printing for visual models to help with concept validation. But despite the conceptual benefits, these models lacked the functionality necessary for design verification and Thule made the decision to upgrade for greater materials range and higher-output, giving them the ability to print functional prototypes.


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Designers at Thule discuss concept validation for their Hull A Port XT kayak carrier.

Designers at Thule discuss concept validation for their Hull A Port XT kayak carrier.

“Nylon 12CF has been game-changing for us. Nothing that we could get affordably or quickly has the properties that Nylon 12CF does. It lets us more accurately model our production parts, test faster, and get to market faster.”

Rob Humphries, Thule