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The Unique Benefits of 3D Printing

Traditional manufacturing is based around the premise of producing large numbers of identical items with processes that can be repeated again and again. This can be great for simple products, but there are disadvantages when a more unique design or a more tailored solution is required. 3D printing solves these problems and has allowed us to design, prototype and iterate at an unprecedented pace. 

Pictured above: 3D Renderings by Cam Rothnie

A Sense of Play

In order to showcase both the ease of production and the complexity that 3D-printed objects can achieve, our designer Cam Rothnie has conceptualized a small collection of items for the home. Playing with form, texture and rapid iteration, this collection exemplifies how we can use 3D-printing to create recyclable, small-batch designs. It highlights the shift happening within 3D-printing industries from novelty plastic items to refined & elegant solutions with their own unique benefits. One of the key products we’ve explored is simple vases. Historically, vases have been a key material symbol used to represent the most innovative methods of craft and manufacturing from a certain time or civilization. The ancient Greeks had amphora that narrated the myths and legends of the Greek Gods, and the traditional blue and white porcelain in China reflected the Imperial taste of each era. Not only does the form and function of these vessels act as a chronological indicator of the innovation & skill available at the time, but it also provides a snapshot of the state of the world and society at a precise time.

Pictured above: Cam at the Casca lab

Cam’s Process

With a formal education in Product Design, Cam is fascinated by the flow between the digital and physical. With 3D printing, he’s drawn towards the rapid access to ideas and the ability to create, prototype and iterate in a matter of hours. “I find 3D printing fascinating because it challenges you creatively. Having the ability to work quickly means you can experiment and fail fast, leading to better designs and more creative decisions. Every design you see around you went through numerous iterations that resulted from failures. The discoveries you make will surprise you, and I find that exciting.”

Pictured above: 3D printed vases shot by Michele Bygodt 

The Future of Manufacturing

We believe the future of manufacturing will look very different than it does today. All goods will be customized, on-demand and manufactured using new methods. For Casca, we are starting with 3D printing and it has allowed us to create one-of-one support solutions at an accessible price (most custom insoles cost over $500!).

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Pictured above: Vase in 3D printer (left), and Casca's patented 3D printed insole, SmartFit™️ (right).