Objet Connex 3D Printing a Microsoft Surface Prototype Part
He’s also seen the 3D printers used to create the over300 prototypes of the final device – including an Objet system (which he refers to as PolyJet in his article) used to create the hinges and metal flap of the device’s much talked-about kickstand. You can see a fleeting glimpse of an Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer at 01.15 in their film above – looks like it’s printing a longitudinal frame part in Rigid Blue or perhaps a Gray composite Digital Material.
3D printing technology is one of the main reasons why design teams today are able to perform the ’countless meeting, iterations and refinements’ that go into today’s generation of consumer devices. Taking an about-turn to the standard, basic and boxy designs we all remember from the 90′s, today’s devices are in many ways, works of art that are finely tuned to the psychology of the consumer.
They convey a clear message that a computer device is no longer a cheaply pressed box of soldered wires that will break as soon as your young nephew gets his hands on it, but rather a lurcative product that is solidly crafted, long lasting and intutive to use.
With over 200 custom parts in the Surface tablet alone, Microsoft certainly appears to have taken quality design to the next level. I’m looking forward to a closer inspection as soon as I can!