Saneux is a leading company in the bathroom manufacture industry, creating spaces dedicated to luxury and relaxation. To maintain its leading position in the market, Saneux is always developing new concepts and the ability to produce in-house prototypes plays a major role in their design process.
Saneux is using the Builder Extreme 1000 for printing 1:1 scale prototypes of washbasins, faucets, shower valves and many more. Saneux saves several weeks and thousands of Euros by regularly 3D printing these objects on the Builder Extreme 1000.
A hands on approach to product design
Jorge Hernandez, a product designer at Saneux UK says, “Before purchasing the Builder Extreme, Saneux used external suppliers to develop prototypes. This was a lengthy, expensive process in which sometimes design elements were not communicated correctly and even lost,”
“3D printing allows us to review all aspects of the design and change details prior to developing a sample from the supplier. In some cases we send the 3D print to the supplier to make sure they fully understand the geometry,
“3D printing large items in-house not only gives us more design freedom but is also much cheaper, especially when the prototypes require tooling moulds.”
3D printed basin case study
This specific basin (pictured above and below) was a new product and needed to be approved by the Saneux design team, so it was 3D printed the basin on the Builder Extreme 1000. This visual prototype was ready within 7 days. The material costs for this 1:1 scale 3D print were €220.
This prototype was used for visual prototyping, so the basin needed to be printed the way it will be used by customers in order to approve the design and details. The size of the basin is 600x450x150 mm LxWxH). For this basin there was a lot of support material needed, however the support material was easily removed by hand.
Specs of the 3D printed basin:
- Size: 600x450x150 mm LxWxH)
- Printed in PRO1 (stronger than ABS)
- Printed with a 0.4 mm nozzle
- Layer height of 0.2 mm
- With support material
- Print time of 7 days (160 hours)
- Material costs €220
- Support removed by hand