To help prepare today’s design students to become tomorrow’s engineers, three leading tech companies have partnered together on the first-ever Design 2020 program, to help prepare the students for future challenges. The program, put on by 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys, design firm Innodesign, and 3D software company Dassault Systèmes, offered 20 Korean designers in their 20s (Design 2020, get it?) the opportunity to learn more about 3D design, covering industrial design and CAD rendering to 3D printing. They were also able to get some first-hand experience in conceptualizing their own designs and publicly exhibiting them.
Orientation began in July, and the program lasted a total of about two months. When asked, the design students had a variety of similar reasons for being there: they wanted to learn, experience the most advanced technology, and be able to create their own masterpieces. Each company brought something to the program and had the chance to mentor the students. Dassault Systèmes provided coaching and training on their 3D CAD CATIA product design and experience solution and is powered by Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Experts from Stratasys Korea worked with the designers and taught them how to build their work on both FDM and PolyJet 3D printers.
Daniel Thomson, General Manager of Stratasys Korea, said, “Our role is to hold and mentor the students throughout the project to help them really understand what 3D printing can deliver for them.”
Innodesign was founded by current company CEO Kim Young-se in 1986, and is best known for adding its artistic flair to many Korean products through design touches, notably gussying up an MP3 player for iRiver, a Samsung flip phone, and a sliding-compact mirror for skincare products company LANIEGE. Kim, known throughout the Korean design industry as a tireless innovator, says that he relies on Stratasys 3D printing to bring conventional designs more up to date, particularly the Stratasys J750 full color, multi-material 3D printer.
“Digital technology enables a single person to make an impact on tens of thousands of people. The same should be true of the design sector. In a world where the influence of design is felt, digital technology will make that happen,” explained Kim.
The Stratasys J750 offers 360,000 colors and fine color and texture details, and has helped Innodesign move its prototypes past monochromatic themes, such as when they used the printer to create their Wave Plus headphones (produced in a variety of design patterns), a series of kitchen utensils, and the Flask 2.0, a slim Bluetooth speaker. The company claims that other 3D printers they’ve used in the past “pale in comparison to the Stratasys J750.” Stratasys has almost completely eliminated post processing, which is often associated with 3D printed design prototypes, and as such, is able to create a wider range of product-matching prototypes.
As the Stratasys team explains, “The Stratasys J750 3D Printer blurs the line between concept mockups and high-fidelity prototypes and also helps users find structural design flaws in the early states of the design process. Early detection of structural design flaws before injection molding will help reduce costly, time-consuming mold corrections.”
The 20 design students who participated in Design 2020 learned a lot, and created designs that included a bicycle bottle, a compact mirror, and an eye-catching chair. They were also given the opportunity to exhibit their creations at the 3DEXPERIENCE Forum in October. To learn more about Design 2020, take a look at the video:
Discuss in the Design 2020 forum at 3DPB.com.[Source/Images: Stratasys]