Today’s design students will be tomorrow’s engineers, and to help prepare them for their future challenges, Silicon Valley-based Innodesign, Stratasys and Dassault Systèmes recently partnered on the Design 2020 program. Design 2020 offered 20 Korean designers in their 20s a chance to become fully proficient in 3D design. Covering everything from industrial design and CAD rendering to 3D printing, the program gave 20 university students and local designers the opportunity to learn theory and gain first-hand experience with the goal of conceptualizing their designs and exhibiting them publicly.
Experts from Stratasys Korea were on hand to guide the young designers through building their work on both FDM and PolyJet-based 3D printers. “Our role is to hold and mentor the students throughout the project to help them really understand what 3D printing can deliver for them,” said Daniel Thomson, General Manager of Stratasys Korea.
Innodesign and Stratasys 3D Printing: Turning the Conventional to Unconventional
One of the world’s top design firms, Innodesign was founded in 1986 by Kim Young-se (the current CEO). Innodesign is known for adding artistic design touches to many Korean products, among them an MP3 player for iRiver, a flip phone for Samsung, and a sliding-mirror compact for LANIEGE.
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Kim has a well-deserved reputation in the Korean design industry as a tireless innovator. He has been relying on Stratasys 3D printing to help bring conventional designs up to date. “Digital technology enables a single person to make an impact on tens of thousands of people,” he explained. “The same should be true of the design sector. In a world where the influence of design is felt, digital technology will make that happen.”
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Innodesign has made its design ideas tangible with the help of the Stratasys J750 full color, multi-material 3D Printer. The 3D printing available with the Stratasys J750 — in 360,000 colors and offering photorealistic fine details of both color and texture – has meant that Innodesign was able to stretch its prototypes beyond monochrome. An example of this is Innodesign’s 3D printed Wave Plus headphones, which were produced in various combinations of design patterns that customers requested.
Innodesign claims that other 3D printers that the company used previously pale in comparison to the Stratasys J750. Not only is the fine detail superior, but the firm has almost eliminated post processing that is often associated with 3D printed design prototypes. The Stratasys J750 3D Printer sets itself apart from others in creating a wider range of product-matching prototypes, faster and more economically. It usually costs Innodesign 1 to 1.5 million won (1 million won = $855) to make a concept mockup; making a high-fidelity prototype costs 3 to 5 million won and takes two weeks. The Stratasys J750 3D Printer blurs the line between concept mockups and high-fidelity prototypes and also helps users find structural design flaws in the early stages of the design process. Early detection of structural design flaws before injection molding will help reduce costly, time-consuming mold corrections.
For example, Innodesign has used the Stratasys J750 3D Printer to refresh the designs of their Wave Plus headphones, a series of kitchen utensils, and a slim Bluetooth speaker (the Flask 2.0). The design teams were able to introduce even more color and patterns for truly striking and eye-catching products. Use of the Stratasys J750 can be fully integrated with many types of 3D printing software. “We will open up a whole new world together with Stratasys,” said Kim.