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Rian, ANDesign Lab’s Sr. Industrial Designer, requires the measurements of his batteries to sketch a case that will fit nicely.

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Once the measurements are done, he then begins to put his idea to paper (2D); of how he wants his case to look, in this case it will be just a regular cubic case.

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The end product of the sketch/design of the case, ready to move forward to Solid Works (3D phase). In more complex products, designers & engineers use the 2D concept designs to refer back to during the engineering process (3D).

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Going through the different moderations during the 3D phase.

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Using the yellow and green cylinders are the batteries and help making sure case is the right fit. 3D engineering phase is done.

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3D files exported to Makerbot application (maker’s brand) to carefully align 3D design – make sure cap and body do not get stuck while printing – and saving it to SD card.

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SD card plugged in ready to import files and start 3D printing.

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Printer first builds a support layer on the bottom. Products printed with this machines are built layer by layer which means it is a lengthy process.

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One hourĀ into the printing process.

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Final 3D print. It took approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to finish.

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Case came out perfect – Successful print!!

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New battery case for Rian!