PolyJet and FDM Technology Create New Era for Toy Company
With a launch of more than 200 new toys a year aimed at preschoolers, young children and hobbyists, designers at Toy State International Ltd. (Toy State), have a real need for speed in their design to prototype timeline. Streamlined design and quick production turnaround schedules are critical for the design team who generate new ideas, sketch concepts and create models of early designs and functional prototypes in real plastics for performance testing.
Already a user of a Stratasys PolyJetTM 3D Printer, Toy State continued to strive to reduce modeling labor, cut costs and launch new products in a more timely fashion. “We used PolyJet mainly to create tools or some concept models, but for functional prototypes we still relied on sub-contractors. Consequently, the process was not optimized; it was lengthy and more expensive,” said Nickless.
Toy State design team 3D printed frame of a drone with high precision and strength using PC-ABS material.
“Time is our greatest enemy, and with the Stratasys F370, we can spare more resources to tackle other complex designs and save logistic and prototyping costs and time. Developing a drone used to take up to a year or longer, and now we have it down to around 8 months.”
Guy Nickless, Toy State International