By: Alicia Frye
Startups: The MVPs of 3D Printing
Think it. Print it. Sell it.
Startups, do I have your attention?
The MVP, or Minimal Viable Product, is something that is stressed and over again in the startup world (Eric Ries, we thank you for your guidance). Having a proof of concept or even a loose example of your product can be difficult and costly. Yet it’s the tangible example, with moving and working parts, that is often the crucial element to getting any product off the ground.
Now there are two major drawbacks in standard manufacturing:
1) Upfront Investment
2) Lead Time
Fortunately, there’s a new game in town: 3D printing (additive manufacturing). Now an inventor/visionary/any individual can quickly develop and manufacture a design without too much upfront investment while continuously updating the design throughout the product development stages.
Now, is 3D printing just for prototyping? Not in the least! 3D printing makes it possible for startup companies to produce prototypes AND end-use products. Need a real-life example? Thanks to a quick Google search, I found one to share[may not a GROWit project, but it’s still a winner]:
In 2011, David Minich started a company called Make Eyewear with a simple vision: glasses frames. For David, it was near impossible to find a pair of frames that catered to his tastes. Not wanting to fall victim to fashion limitations dictating his eyewear, he did something about his little predicament.
Make Eyewear has custom written all over it, offering designer glasses and custom glasses – Freestyle Glasses.
By using 3D printing, Minich and his team are able to put more emphasis on the design process and offer virtually unlimited options. Their user-friendly website even allows any person to design a pair of frames! As is stated on the Make Eyewear website, “What it all adds up to is a process that consumes minimal energy, produces no waste, and allows for an enormous amount of design freedom.”
From the Minimal Viable Product to End Use Product, 3D printing has us all covered. Here at GROWit, we help great ideas come to life every day. You guys keep on throwing them our way.
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