Philips is one of the most recognized lighting and electronics company in the world. As it celebrates its 125th anniversary, it gives consumers the opportunity to experience the next step in how they make products for everyone’s consumption. The company is delving into the world of 3D printing and they want their consumers to help go forward with this incredible step into the future.
The magic of 3D printing technology is taking a great rise in the market today. Apparently, more and more companies are getting wind of such systems, and are taking strides in utilizing them to create and customize products. It is basically just like printing a digital image onto a paper, but this time the digital model is in 3D and the actual print out is the three-dimensional representation of it.
‘Guided and inspired by their vision’, Philips is taking on this new pilot program. Many men and women value their hair removal tools. Seeing that this machine is portable and easy to wield, the Netherlands-based company wants to offer the opportunity to work with 125 people in designing and customizing their own 3D shaver.
Only 125 units of these 3D shavers are to be created in the next six months. They are going to sell only two of these devices every day. There’s a novelty to it because the design will be completely up to you, down to its shape, size and the accessories that are going to be added. The 3D Shaver website is already up and running and it is filled with information and the actual portion where you can design and customize your shaver. Granted that the customization options aren’t huge, the ability to do so would be a treat to anyone who would be willing to participate and get their own 3D shaver.
The process of designing the 3D shaver is fairly simple as it presents you with a pre-rendered 3D model of the device you are going to fiddle with. Tabs and buttons on the right side of the area would assist you in shaping your custom shaver. You get to choose the openness of your shaver’s outer shell, its color, and even a personal message on two areas of the device.
The people at Philips would then team up with Shapeways to print the device with the SLS technology. Once the device has been finished, it will be sent to you within a span of two to three weeks. It is now only a service that is limited to the Netherlands, so if you’re not from there, then you may have to wait for such a time when it’ll become available worldwide.
The Philips brand offers a lot of services for all consumers. They have expanded their product line to include devices that are used in healthcare and lifestyle. As the next generation of technology is taking its leap, Philips is also moving forward. Anyone and everyone can enjoy 3D printed devices in the future; that trend starts now.