Crowdfunding describes the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. Crowdfunding is used in support of a wide variety of activities, including disaster relief, support of artists by fans, political campaigns, startup, company funding, motion picture promotion, software development, inventions development, scientific research, and civic projects.
At Innovation Factory we use crowdfunding to help our customers to raise financing for product prototyping and to meet the cost of the research a development to put a finished product into production.
Innovation Factory also has extensive contacts in the angel investor and venture capital communities, that we can assist our customers to access in order to finance the later stages of development.
3D printing can be utilized to quickly and accurately produce complex architectural models. Printed scale models are optimal for demonstrating building sections, interior/exterior qualities or programmatic layout.
In the past, clay models were used in automotive design to create prototypes and concept models. Now, these parts can be quickly modeled, customized and produced using 3D printing.
Mechanical engineers and industrial designers have been among the first professions to realize the advantages of utilizing 3D printing technology throughout the design process. They are able to quickly explore different materials, shapes and aesthetics using these manufacturing techniques.
Business is booming in the world of 3D printed fashion! Designers are eager to create complex and stunning motifs to create their apparel. CAD techniques can be used to modify the look and feel of fashion designs by adjusting color, texture and fabrication materials, at the touch of a button. 3D printing and other rapid prototyping techniques make custom designed fashion products affordable and widely available.
Anybody can now easily express their unique sense of style and decoration by creating and printing their own home goods. Customization is key when it comes to the future of printing home goods.
Customization in jewelry is moving far beyond engraving. Completely custom pieces of jewelry can be designed and created through additive printing.
Many of the pioneers in 3D printed design have gravitated towards custom designed lighting systems. The array of available printing materials means that completely new and unique illumination techniques are at everyone’s fingertips.
There has been lots of speculation on how 3D printing will change the world of toy making. The print-on-demand nature of 3-D printing is an extremely sustainable business model in the toy making industry. There’s no over-purchase of inventory and subsequent rush to sell that inventory and invest it back into the next batch.