Award-winning 3Z Studio 3D Printer
Solidscape, a leading manufacturer of 3D printers, interviewed 7 industrial design firms before selecting Robert DeFelice & Associates (RDA) in 2000: "We felt DeFelice & Associates offered the best return on investment when we looked at their large design portfolio, additional engineering capabilities, and modest costs," said Solidscape's general manager.
Robert DeFelice & Associates received a 2013 silver Excellence In Design award from Appliance Design magazine for Solidscape's 3Z Studio 3D printer which features sleek curves, subtle bevels and distinctively recessed but convenient operator control pod. The top is hinged for easy removal of the printed part. 3D Studio is RIM (molded) in polyurethane and secondarily painted. Engineering of the 3D Studio molded parts and internal packaging was performed by the client. All features were easy to clean and maintain.
In 2015 Solidscape asked RDA to design a sleek pedestal-cabinet for 3D Studio. Our handsome solution includes a hinged, RIM polyurethane door with integral handle and reflects design elements of the printer plus sheet metal cabinet. We provided a complete package of handsome styling, mechanical engineering for the molded door, sheet metal parts, packaging of internal components, DFMA 3D and 2D manufacturing documentation, COTS parts and vendor recommendations.
In 2008 RDA designed the sleek, curvy T76Plus 3D printer which featured Solidscape's first RIM (molded) polyurethane printer, a better choice than pressure forming when sales quantities increased, lower piece price, and RIM afforded additional molded-in features. All features were easy to clean and maintain. Engineering of the molded parts was performed by the client.
In 2000 RDA designed and engineered the handsome T66 3D printer which features a pressure formed front bezel and pressure formed lift-up top for accessing the completed model. Pressure forming was selected for manufacturing because it allows excellent design features, low cost tooling and rapid delivery schedule with modest production quantity. The T66 sides were hinged sheet steel for easy access to internal components. All features were easy to clean and maintain.
We provided a complete package of handsome styling, mechanical engineering for the plastic parts, sheet metal parts, internal metal frame, packaging of internal components, DFMA 3D and 2D manufacturing documentation and vendor recommendations.