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3D Printed Wearables Isn't Just Buzzword Salad
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By Noah W. | 3DP4E

Using an Object500 Connex3 Color Multi-Material 3D Printer from Stratasys, designers from consultancy firm zero360 and Industrial Plastic Fabrications have teamed up to create a prototype for a wristband that can detect the biosigns of its wearer. The bands come in 10 color palates and can be further combined to create 46 different options. The bands also only take a few hours to print.

3D Printing wearables offer more than just pretty colors. Ergonomics is also an important part of the design and production of wearable technology. Director of Product Design at zero360, Luke Guttery, says about the relationship between materiality, comfort, and 3D printing in a recent interview with TCT magazine “Comfort is a really important factor in sustained engagement, so being able to rapid prototype these is a key part of the development process. Also, the Objet Connex’s flexible material is very durable and is as good as casting, which is a massive plus, as it’s quicker to produce.”

In addition to all of those benefits, 3D Printing is also less wasteful than other means of production. Guttery estimated that there is approximately an 85% savings in material used when compared to casting.

Wearable technology is an exciting new market, like 3D Printing, so its almost surprising the two haven't really met before. ResearchMoz, predicts that by 2018 the global wearable technology market will reach approximately $5.8 billion.

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