Imagine buying a product and getting official 3D print files from the manufacturer, that you can use to enhance or personalize the product! Or even products, that would be split into parts, that the seller will ship to you, and parts, which you’ll be expected to 3D print yourself. That future is already here! Well, kinda…
A few companies are starting to embrace the fact that 3D printing is getting readily available. Even people that do not own a 3D printer can usually find a place nearby that offers it as a service. Or a friend that has a 3D printer.
In this article, we want to highlight the companies that give this approach a shot. Hopefully, they’ll inspire others, who will follow in their steps.
Edelkrone specializes in filmmaking accessories – they make sliders, dollies, jibs, stuff like that. With their product series ORTAK, critical parts, such as joints, are CNC machined from aluminum by Edelkrone, while the rest of the product is 3D printed by you!
This approach reduces the price, lowers the shipping cost and gives you the freedom to customize the product. Edelkrone shares not only the STL files but also the STEP and Solidworks drawings. So you can very easily open them in your favorite CAD software and add a company logo, change the mounting or even completely redesign the model to give it more functionality. And the print files are not even hidden behind a paywall. If you want to, you can download and play with them right now.
The current line up of ORTAK products includes a tilt head, small dolly, a shoulder rig/handle and a phone grip. We own the tilt head and the dolly and are using them on a semi-daily basis. While the last 3 products exist only in the 3D printable ORTAK series, the Flextilhead is available both as co-3D printable and as one made fully from CNC machined aluminum. We own both versions, we can compare them.
Long story short, the machined aluminum one is obviously sturdier and a bit easier to work with. It is also 5 times more expensive at $149 (vs $29 for the printed one). For the price, the 3D printed one is still very usable. For example, we use it for our #PrusaLive streams to get the camera right on top of the screen.
We also own the Skater3D and again, for the price, it’s a great tool to get interesting shots.
We printed the parts that do not need to be super strong from Prusament Prusa Orange PLA and the rest from Prusament Prusa Orange ASA. Being able to pick the colors of the parts is another great advantage of this semi-3d printable approach.
Print+ DIY Headphone kit
The other company that fully utilizes the user’s ability to 3D print some of the parts is Print+. Print+ offers a DIY Headphone kit for $35. What you’ll get is a compact box, which probably fits in your mailbox. It includes all the electronics, most importantly the speakers, and cushions, and a headband.
There are 7 different designs that you can choose from, but we thought it would be cool to modify them a bit. We opened theContinue reading