The Ockham Razor team is busy writing the book on the zen of shaving–and providing the elegant yet minimalist shaver and 3D travel razor to go with it. We’ve been following this company, headquartered in London, for quite some time, as they’ve taken time to properly develop their 3D printed razor, launch and complete a Kickstarter campaign–and now, hit the Indiegogo InDemand track for pre-orders.
Ockham, along with their founder Rob Halifax, believes that shaving should take you to a tranquil place that is aesthetically pleasing along the way, devoid of mass marketing silliness and ugly plastic. So throw out that yellow dollar-store model that’s sprouting hair from last month, and treat yourself to something beautiful–and affordable. Sans the bells and whistles, it’s times to get back to basics–while also employing the innovative technology of 3D printing for a new travel razor as well.
With simple being the key to this streamlined shaving tool, the Ockham team made an attractive design that they could control, offer affordably, and reach out to people with an everyday tool they’ll be glad to have sitting in their bathrooms. It uses cartridges and is made with a one-piece handle, precision cast in England from solid metal. The ergonomics and unique material allow for a continuous, smooth surface that eliminates clogs and buildup.
“For me, 3D printing has been the gift that keeps on giving. As I’ve said before it’s been invaluable for rapid prototyping, but now it’s proving useful for real products,” says Halifax. “If we were making millions of our travel razors, 3D printing wouldn’t be the best way to make them, but at our relatively low volumes it’s a great way to do it. And the technique allows us to create strength with a hollow lattice that make it super lightweight. My ambition is to get astronauts using them in space!”
We hear there’s a new addition to the family as well. Super lightweight, making it perfect for overnights and business trips, the travel razor is available in black and will only set you back £15 with the early bird discount (around $23 USD). Printed using PLA, the lightweight material is easily wielded and when you are done with one cartridge, you can simply install another (these razors are compatible with Gillette Mach 3 blades) without throwing away the whole piece. All 3D printing has been carried out locally in London via 3DHubs.com
“I’m also excited about being able to offer personalization options soon,” says Halifax. “There could even be a ladies model Ockham Razor.”
We look forward to the future of the razor via 3D printing–and the team at Ockham– as they continue to allow us to go back to basics in style. Discuss this story in the Ockham Razor Forum thread on 3DPB.com.