“We increased the performance of internal design reviews, reaching a much-improved result for the Gormiti brand,” said Fabrizio Cofini, R&D project manager. “The big advantage of the J750 here is the significantly reduced lead time in developing these prototypes compared to previous methods, but even more importantly, the quality of the product itself. The increased level of detail, vividness of color, as well as the diverse range of materials, allow us to improve the design review, pushing all products to each stage of the approvals process at a higher level of quality.”
“At Giochi Preziosi, we are always looking at ways to innovate to ensure we meet the demands of the highly competitive toy industry,” said Cofini. “The toy industry is constantly in flux as trends and interests change, and the particular concepts and design iterations we have to create need to reflect this. We have been leveraging Stratasys additive manufacturing to meet these needs and accelerate our approvals process and time-to-market. With the addition of the J750 and its unique capabilities, we have been able to expand our offering even further and overhaul less reliable methods of producing toy prototypes and designs.”
Prior to using the J750, the R&D team had trouble accurately repeating the level of color and detail for every individual model. This is particularly relevant when producing prototypes of action figures and dolls. The team would have to hand paint every single model with the required color scheme and detail because previously owned 3D printers could only produce models in a grey base color and with a longer post-processing step. The entire process was time-consuming and costly and offered no flexibility with the inevitable design iterations that would typically arise.
“With this comes the inevitability of human error and the inability to recreate detail and color, one hundred percent of the time. Using the J750, the team is able to create attention-grabbing models using vivid colors and with a previously unattainable accuracy and repeatability. The vibrant models produced using Stratasys 3D printing perfectly represent what we would like the final toys to look like,” he added.