3D Printing Helps Silgan Design Sweet Container, Save Money Doing It

Silgan's creative design team used FDM Technology to prototype this design.When Cargill was ready to introduce a new sweetener, it wanted a package that communicated with the consumer. One that said: “Hold me. Spoon me. Display me in your home.”

So it called on Silgan Plastics, which offers creative design and engineering services for its packaging clients, including the opportunity to hold a 3D printed model of your proposed package within hours.

In a prototyping feat that would have cost more than twice as much and taken a month without 3D printing, Silgan’s design team built Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) prototypes of 10 design concepts in two days. This allowed the client to handle the designs, narrow the selection and suggest refinements. Iterations continued, with Silgan providing 3D prototypes at each stage.

As the design was finalized for production, Silgan Plastics used the FDM models to check container size and fill levels, evaluate decorating methods, validate distortion in the shrink-sleeve graphics and evaluate the moldability of the design.

“FDM models take the guesswork out of the design process,” said Stephen Kocis, creative design services manager.

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