When developing new packaging it is often helpful, if not necessary, to have a physical model to evaluate. Simulations with 3D graphics help, but won’t give the tactile experience and the possibility to look at a solid product from all angles. Today 3D printing comes to our aid. This is the ideal way to prototype without having to produce a real blow mold. To get a physical sample, little more than a digital file of the design (STL), a 3D printer and print material is needed.
Once set up, the actual prototyping process takes only a few hours. As part of its bottle design service, SIPA has been offering customers the opportunity to 3D print prototypes for some years now. Now it is possible to create transparent prototypes which, like the real bottle, can be colored, filled, capped and labeled.