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German product designer 4Pack is developing Crazycan, a system that enables users to open and securely reclose drinks cans with just one hand, with the help of a rapid-prototyping service from Proto Labs.

The Crazycan seal is a flat PET cap combined with a PET sleeve, which keeps the drinking brim of the can clean and hygienically sealed.

According to 4Pack general manager Herr Friedhelm Nebel, Proto Labs’ Protomold service has been easy to use: the company simply uploads its CAD models to Proto Labs’ server and, within a day, receives a detailed, fully interactive, online proposal called Protoquote, which includes an analysis of each part’s manufacturability.

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Key benefits of product application

  • As Protoquote updates itself automatically to reflect any requested changes to the design or quantity, 4Pack can make modifications quickly and easily.
  • Throughout the design process, Protomold has given the company a real advantage in terms of its rapid response in delivering new prototypes and an attractive cost structure, said Friedhelm Nebel.

Proto Labs

Proto Labs delivers fully functional prototypes in production-intent materials to dramatically cut the cost and time normally associated with product development. This empowers designers and engineers with the means to rapidly develop, test, and get their products to market first in an ever-competitive global market place.

Proto Labs delivers fully functional prototypes in production-intent materials to dramatically cut the cost and time normally associated with product development. This empowers designers and engineers with the means to rapidly develop, test, and get their products to market first in an ever-competitive global market place.

Protomold delivers injection-moulded parts from moulds manufactured utilising state-of-the-art high-speed CNC machining technologies. Parts can be moulded using almost any engineering-grade resin and are ideal for prototyping, bridge tooling and low-volume production.

First Cut satisfies the need for functional prototypes much earlier in the development cycle for quantities of 1–10+. Because First Cut delivers prototypes in engineering-grade resins and aluminium they will have real material properties and improved surface finishes. In other words, they will be functional.

When you submit your 3D CAD model, Proto Labs’ powerful super-compute cluster creates an interactive quote giving pricing options and where appropriate, suggesting changes to improve manufacturability. You simply interact with your quote online, tailor options such as material and delivery to your requirements and with every change, the pricing information automatically updates. This built-in ‘what-if’ analysis enables last-minute project refinements to be accommodated at the click of a button.

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