Z Corporation 3D Printer Helps Window Treatment Maker Reduce Design Cycle by Weeks and Product Costs by Thousands
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Z Corporation 3D Printer Helps Window Treatment Maker Reduce Design Cycle by Weeks and Product Costs by Thousands

Integra Products Ltd Streamlines Product Development at Every Stage of Development, From Initial Design through Marketing to Shipment of a Greener Product

BURLINGTON, Mass., Nov. 10, 2011 — (PRNewswire) — Integra Products Ltd, a leading UK manufacturer of window dressing solutions, is using Z Corporation 3D printing technology to reduce costs, eliminate errors, and speed products to market.

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The Staffordshire company uses physical 3D printed models at every stage of development and across the organization – for example, to refine concepts, ensure fit and function, communicate effectively with partners, and quickly create mold patterns.

"Our ZPrinter saves us time and money at every step," said Ben White, Integra senior product design engineer. "The biggest savings is getting things right before we invest in tooling. Instead of waiting 40 days for tooling and then seeing if we like our samples, our ZPrinter helps us ensure, before the fact, that our products are going to work, fit with adjacent components, and look great. That can eliminate errors that would otherwise cost us thousands of dollars."

3D printing creates physical models from 3D computer-aided designs much as document printers produce business letters from word-processing files. Integra invested in a Z Corporation 3D printer after realizing they could save time, money and rework by making their own prototypes in house versus using a service bureau. Integra now prints as many as 25 models overnight, rather than waiting as long as seven days for prototypes from the service bureau. They reduced prototyping costs by 85 to 90 percent compared to the service bureau's fees for SLS prototypes.

Integra's use of ZPrinting includes:

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