3D printing helps Thermos lead its industry
“We can make as many prototypes as we need until we achieve our design goals.” — Shin Matsuyama, Thermos K.K.
Shin Matsuyama, Manager of R&D at Thermos, brought Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology in-house when designers moved to an advanced engineering platform using high-end 3D CAD. The team chose a Dimension 3D Printer for its ability to make relatively large models with strong thermoplastics. “It also offers excellent cost-performance,” says Matsuyama.
Matsuyama’s design team expanded its capabilities, adding a second Dimension 3D Printer in 2008, and adopting PolyJet technology in 2012 with an Objet260 Connex 3D Printer. PolyJet 3D Printing empowers the team to make detailed, smooth models in multiple materials.
Consumers are always looking for impressive new products, and Thermos strives to answer with lighter weight, better usability and better pouring performance. 3D printing gives the company the agility to innovate fast and maintain leadership in its industry.