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Companies producing consumer goods are concerned about design and innovation, time-to-market, and compliance with standards, and are continuously challenged to quickly respond to customer demands with high quality products at a competitive price. To succeed, companies can use the latest product development technologies:

  • PLM (Product Lifecycle Management),
  • 3D visualization and Virtual Reality
  • Reverse Engineering and Quality Control
  • Rapid Prototyping and Direct Digital Manufacturing
  • Rapid technologies to create metal parts.
With the challenges and opportunities of the global market place, there has never been a better time for companies to take control of their product development processes and turn each stage into a competitive advantage. Implementing PLM allows companies to control the whole product development cycle, and successfully manage the people, projects and collaborations involved in getting their products to market, aftersales services, spare parts and maintenance. With PLM, business decisions can be taken with more confidence related to costs and timelines, because all appropriate personnel involved in the product lifecycle have access to real live data. Virtual products can be created in 3D and evaluated by team members prior to production. The digital products can quickly be changed to accommodate new requirements and even be simulated and tested virtually before proceeding to physical prototypes. Using latest product development technologies many of the risks of introducing new products to the market can be eliminated.

Reverse Engineering to create packaging

3D scanning can be a great way to create custom packaging for consumer goods. In packaging design, there are two fundamental objects involved: the product and its package. Consequently, reverse engineering in the packaging industry can require dimensions from both objects. With a 3D scanner companies can quickly capture the geometry of their products so that packaging can be designed directly from the scan data. When designing a custom package for a specific product, its dimensions can be extracted and used as a reference to build the 3D CAD model of the package. After this operation, the dies or moulds can be properly fabricated with the resulting CAD model. In addition, the moulds, the dies and the packages themselves can also be scanned in order to extract part of the design or to do a 3D comparison with the reference CAD model for Quality Assurance. The critical steps in reverse engineering are accurately and efficiently acquiring the dimensions of the object and extracting the necessary information from the resulting scan in order to create the new design with the correct features. In fact, in the packaging industry, the main challenge will always be to get the perfect fit.3D scanners can also be used to reverse engineer bottles, enclosures and moulds to create new products or a range of sizes from an existing packaging item.

The role of 3D printing, rapid prototyping and direct digital manufacturing in new product development

Product designers and developers use Stratasys systems to perfect product design. Knowing your product design may end up in households around the world means it must look, feel and function exactly as planned. With the help of an in-house, Stratasys system, product designers can create multiple design iterations and test them with consumers. Stratasys has a range of products to cover all stages of design to manufacturing –

  • 3D printers for conceptual designs in 3D models
  • Rapid Prototyping Systems for form, fit and function testing of parts, components and assemblies
  • Direct Digital Manufacturing systems for end-use parts in a wide range of durable materials, and fabrication and assembly tools. Stratasys systems are even being used for metal forming applications are give companies more flexibility in product designs that can then be created with DDM.

Using this fast-paced and affordable approach can get higher-quality products to market faster—giving you a competitive edge. Stratasys 3D product manufacturing systems use thermoplastics and Stratasys’ FDM technology to produce fully functional and testable prototypes that meet your exact specifications. Test form, fit and function so you can make important design changes early and spend less.

DDM can even be used to create thermo forming and vacuum moulds in Direct Digital Manufacturing – it’s the quickest way to create customized moulds in hours instead of weeks with the traditional manufacturing processes

Solutions for: Consumer goods and equipment, sports and fitness products, new product design, household items, packaging and mould and dies for packaging

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