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3D printed prototype of ceiling rose adaptor | Connect VM

Connect VM approached the 3M BIC to support the development of a concept product, creating design files and a 3D printed prototype that would offer both a practical and cost-effective way of obtaining a simulated product.

Challenge

Stephen Armitage from Connect VM initially created a prototype of a hassle-free pendant light fitting using the base of a plastic bottle and cutting this out to shape. While this helped to visualise the concept, it couldn’t create the product to a specific size or move the concept forward. The company needed to shift the project beyond the base of a plastic bottle, test the product for commercial viability and seek further advice on potential manufacturing methods.

Solution

Connect VM had limited skills in-house to get the concept to the next level. Working with the 3M BIC’s technology team allowed it to realise the potential of having a 3D rendered design produced, as well as a 3D printed prototype that could offer both a practical and cost-effective way of obtaining a simulated product.

Outcome

After taking the 3D printed prototype, developed by the 3M BIC’s technology team, to a local injection moulding company, it determined that a plastic version of the product would not commercially work in this instance. An additional metal 3D print was produced by the 3M BIC’s team, alongside the computer-aided design (CAD drawings), allowing Connect VM to further test the product for commercial suitability.

The final product, The O-Kit, enables easy and secure fitting of a new pendant light to a ceiling without complicated wiring – making it quick for electricians and easy for DIY enthusiasts.

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What the Client Said...

Without the assistance and support of 3M BIC, this project would not have got off the ground. Working with the technology team led to a final version being produced via a Metal Pressing process, resulting in the Adapter product we have today.”

Stephen Armitage, Managing Director, Connect VM

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