3D printing has moved beyond prototypes to small series production in the past few years. Stratasys showed new developments in this realm at Paris Packaging Week.
3D printing specialist Stratasys’ showed Print-on, its method for applying print effects to packaging components such as lids and bottles. Targeting sectors including cosmetics and wines and spirits, Print-on can be used on glass, plastic and wood. Stratasys says there is virtually no limit in terms of shapes and colors.
The company also unveiled intricate, filigree-style perfume caps (pictured above) created through a partnership with 3D printing services bureau Sculpteo. Printed using selective absorption fusion technology, the caps can be colored in post-production, or a metallic coating added. Up to 10,000 units can be printed. In addition to fragrance caps, applications in cosmetics and wines and spirits are an option, says Stratasys.
Stratasys designed and created the 3D printed trophies for Paris Packaging Week’s PLD Innovation Awards. The base of the award was made using Stratasys’ advanced SAF 3D printing technology. It was developed with post-processing company Metalizz, using a 100% bio-based material made from sustainable castor oil. Stratasys’ multi-color, multi-material PolyJet technology constitutes the core of the trophy.