Enware Design Engineer, Phillip Murray Walker, bought a 3D Printer from Modfab. Already skilled in the art of 3d printing and with a vision for where 3d printing for business could take Enware Australia, we were keen to listen. Phillip was more than happy to share his insights with us.
We in turn share Phillip’s knowledge in the hope of inspiring other businesses and schools with ideas on how to make the best possible usage out of 3d printing technology.
Phillip started by setting the stage with his experience with applying 3rd printing to a business setting:
“For the development of any new part there needs to be a lot of communication between customers and sales and the R&D team and engineers.”
3d printing for business, education or pleasure is not only about the design process:
“As designers it is great to work in Solidworks to create a part in 3D. But I find that even after working on something for days or weeks on the screen, when I print the part and hold it in my hand it gives a whole new perspective and new insights for design modifications.”
Making use of the practical applications of 3d printing through prototypes and props helps make a case for your design work:
“In traditional settings, to share our design ideas with sales for feedback, we would have lots of pages of technical drawings with scale and dimensions describing the part. I would see their eyes glaze over. But if you are able to print the part and put the new tap handle in their hand and ask, “What do you think?”, non-designers are able to truly understand its feel and scale. This allows for valuable feedback to be shared”.