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Synergy’s clients make confident decisions with ultra-realistic prototypes.

To create our favorite products, a team of designers, engineers and marketers go through countless design iterations to build something consumers will want and use. From the light switch to the mobile phone, every desirable product has stemmed from inspiration, hard work and collaboration. And the team at Synergy — a product development company in Netanya, Israel — lives and breathes this cycle of innovation.  
Mobile Charger
This mobile phone charger sleeve was prototyped with many image options.
Clients rely on Synergy to transform bright ideas into real, marketable products. Industrial designers and engineers often work around the clock to perfect the grip on a medical device or the appearance of a phone charger.

“The first time the entrepreneur sees his idea and feels it in his hands is a crucial moment. We need to give him the most realistic prototype possible,” said CEO Michael Librus. Dream designs can be rendered onscreen quickly, but functional prototypes can take weeks of investment in labor and outsourcing — especially when product shave complex designs and diverse materials. Design ideas are embraced, refined or abandoned based on the look and feel of a prototype. To speed up and sharpen the decision-making process, Synergy brought a Stratasys J750 3D printer in-house. 
Omer Correct
Omer Gassner builds diverse multimaterial parts in a single job.
It produces whole-product prototypes in full color— even with multiple materials, textures and gradients — in as little as a few hours. So when Synergy redesigned a keypad for an emergency-response system used in the aftermarket automotive industry, the Stratasys J750played a key role. The project meant producing multiple designs for the panel, which mounts above the rear-view mirror, to test which would best fit the car’s interior and pass ergonomic and mechanical testing. Each iteration included soft-touch buttons, backlighting, graphics, housing and internal connections to the electronic panel. Before the Stratasys J750, Prototyping Manager Omer Gassner would have tapped several vendors to create a single keypad panel prototype — using CNC machining and water printing for the body, casting for the light pipes, sanding for smoothness and then silicone engraving and additional printing for the buttons. This process would have taken anywhere from-ten days to two weeks to create, at a cost of $700 per unit.
Fixation
This articulated hernia mesh fixation device prototype was 3D printed complete with logo.
 With the Stratasys J750, it took just hours and cost $200 per unit. Tamar Fleisher, Synergy art director, said clients appreciate the realism and responsiveness that the technology adds to product development.

“Now our customers can make instant decisions about the ergonomics of a product — about the touch and feel — as well as test how it fits into its environment,” Fleisher said. “The ability to simulate light transfer on the panel meant my client could decide about every detail of the design. And if a design change was needed I could go to my computer, make the design change and print it in a matter of hours.”For CEO Librus, photo-realistic prototypes empower him to better fulfill the dreams of innovation that bring customers to Synergy. “I’m just glad that we have the J750 in-house,” Librus said. “We wouldn't do it any other way.”
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Photoshop view of keypad panel model with texture applied.
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