NYC-BASED BHOLD CROWDSOURCES TESTING THROUGH 3D PRINTING COMMUNITY, PRINTS MINIMALIST DESIGN WITH ULTIMAKER
Ultimaker Allows Bhold to Break Through Traditional Manufacturing and Design
Ultimaker, the leading open source 3D printer manufacturer, makes it possible for Bhold, a modern product design company, to produce minimalistic and effective products to solve everyday problems, such as tangled cords and speakers. Bhold uses an Ultimaker 2+ to create, test and manufacture their products faster than a traditional manufacturing process.
Bhold’s newest product made in collaboration with Ultimaker, the Bsonic iPad Speaker went through 39 beta tested versions with 64 testers from 22 countries. Through expanding Bhold Labs with Ultimaker’s global sharing platform YouMagine, Bhold created the first open and transparent beta testing program that allows anyone anywhere to download and 3D print prototypes ahead of final release.
Bhold, founded in 2013 in New York, uses 3D printing to create, prototype and manufacture their designs at a highly accelerated speed, allowing them to scale at a rapid rate. Here is the process:
- Bhold creates user-friendly minimalistic products by focusing on the feedback they receive from
- The testers receive a file with the 3D printing blueprint for the item, then print it themselves to get a sense of how the item is created and finally test it themselves.
- Testers provide feedback, the design is tweaked and the process continues until an aesthetically beautiful, user-friendly and highly functional product is created.
- Once the most effective design is decided upon given the feedback from testers, Bhold releases a 3D printed concept product and based on demand produces at scale through the most fitting manufacturing method. This reduces waste and maximizes efficiency.
To learn more about how Bhold uses the Ultimaker 2+ to quickly design and create products, visit:
From the very beginning Ultimaker’s vision has been to make 3D printing accessible to all. It is why all their desktop printers are extremely quiet, fast, accurate, reliable and effortless to use. Such a commitment has been embraced by professionals and novices alike. This has also helped Ultimaker to become one of the most successful and reliable open source 3D printing companies in the world. Most recently, Ultimaker was awarded “Best in Shootout” 2015 from the established Make Magazine, Editors’ Choice by Digital Trends and Best Consumer Product at the 3D Printshow Global Awards 2014. To learn more about Ultimaker, visit: https://ultimaker.com.
Bhold creates smart, minimalist design using a data-driven approach that combines rapid prototyping with 3D printing and physical beta testing with real users. Our unique approach is the first-of- its-kind and ensures that all products are thoughtfully designed with you in mind. Each design solves a problem in your everyday life. Founded by Stanford and MIT grad and former Googler Susan Taing, Bhold aims to create modern and relevant design that minimizes waste and rethinks efficiency and sustainability throughout the entire design-to- market product cycle. Susan Taing was given the title of Honored Maker at the White House and is a resident member of New Museum of Contemporary Art’s museum incubator NEW INC. See more at bhold.co.