Dec.13, 2011

Fishman Acoustic Amplification who works with the world's top instrument builders, artists and retailers has made fully functional guitar amplification device prototypes using 3D printer. They use Objet desktop 3D printer to print out the prototypes that customers can't tell apart from real production parts. The 3D printing technology allows Fishman to go through multiple design iterations in just one day. 3D printing technology not only allows Fishman to better predict the development cycles but also shorten the development times, without compromising design quality. 

Previously, outsourced prototyping had been expensive and slow. Now, with in-house prototyping using the Objet desktop 3D printer, Fishman can get to market faster and its production process is more predictable.

Watch below the video how Fishman use Objet 3D printer to perfect their design. 

"Kula, our new onboard ukulele system, is an example of where we really got a chance to use the Objet desktop 3D printer to its fullest advantage," says Robert Ketch, Vice President of OEM Sales at Fishman Acoustic Amplification. "The prototypes of the Objet desktop are of such good quality that our customers think they are production parts. We're going to be making many more pieces with the Objet desktop 3D printer to repeat the success we had with this product. The impact on the timeline and the impression that Objet makes have been really valuable."

Ian Popken, Director, Product Development at Fishman Acoustic Amplification, says: "It's a very smooth process and the Objet 3D printer is easy to use. Just recently we had one part that went through three revisions in a single day. It's pretty remarkable to get a perfect prototype so quickly without compromising on design quality."


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