Providing tangible models for clients to use in their own presentations and sales pitches is a terrific niche for Spanish service provider Lupeon 3D. Founded early in 2013 by two engineers (industrial and mechanical), Lupeon is now 3D printing with Objet PolyJet 3D printing technology and creating the finely detailed models their customers demand.
We spoke with Lupeon 3D co-founder Adrian Sanchez Mandayo, a graduate of the University of Vigo, about the business and his thoughts on the future of 3D printing.
How did you get started with 3D printing?
I was introduced to 3D printing during a student exchange program at the Vienna University of Technology. While there, I discovered all of the different available technologies of 3D printing that exist nowadays. That was the seed to create Lupeon.
Who does Lupeon 3D serve?
Lupeon offers prototyping and the creation of functional parts for companies across Spain. Most of our target customers are in the automotive, aeronautics and marketing sectors.
What capabilities does the Objet 3D Printer provide that you did not have before?
The Objet 3D Printer gives us the opportunity to create prototypes with dimensional tolerances that the aeronautics and automotive industries require. The PolyJet technology is one of the fastest and most accurate 3D printing technologies available. Furthermore, this technology requires minimal post-processing in order to achieve a good appearance.
Why did you choose a car engine as your first print with the Objet 3D Printer?
We decided to 3D print a small car engine as our first print because it was a way to show the accuracy of PolyJet technology. Also, we created a video of the engine with all of its parts running because we thought that it would be a good way to obtain more feedback in social networks.
(His prediction was correct, as the video and photo of the tiny engine parts received a shower of positive attention on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.)
Building a Better Spice Container
A client came to Lupeon needing a physical prototype. He had designed and patented an improved container for storing and dispensing spices, with different sized holes and a cap that rotates. Sanchez quickly 3D printed a model on their in-house Objet30 3D Printer, using simulated polypropylene material (DurusWhite) to match the precise dimensions the client demanded, which included just 0.6mm between the cap and the container. The prototype was 100% functional and served as a demonstration piece for the designer’s potential customers. See a video of the spice container “in action.”
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