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3D Printing Service Rinkak Experiments With Finish of Olympus Air

Rinkak has introduced its experimental project of CMF x 3D Prints with Olympus Air, an open platform camera that pairs the sophistication of digital interchangeable lens cameras with the intelligence of a smartphone. With its CMF (Color, Material, Finish) partner- FEEL GOOD CREATION, Rinkak aims to respond project spirit of the Olympus OPC Hack & Make Project and demonstrate how its CMF x 3D Printing service (Digital CMF Product) can accelerate user behavior research of enterprise users within limited product development budget.

Rinkak presented its design & function customization showcases of CMF x 3D Printing service (Digital CMF Product) by 3D printed parts in Acrylic and Nylon along with 8 different kinds of fine finishing designs. The previous finishing of 3D printed products was no more than adding single color. Rinkak challenges this old practice by developing further surface finishing technique of visual impression and tactile.

Given the camera grip parts for example, they are finished by metallic painting and aging process that give the impression of steampunk style; also, flocking finishing provides soft skin touch like moquette fabric, color painting with ordinary looks, and special resin creates an elastic touch. Taking the iPhone camera mount parts for another example, the team developed new finishes: a Sunny-color process that changes its color by projecting sun light (UV light), a copper plating on nylon material, and a part filmed with pattern applying TOM forming process.

Through its planning such as plating and staining, the textures, tactile sensations and product personality all turn to be different; enterprise product developers can now exam their test cases by small lot of mass customized projects without taking the risk of huge investment in time and money. The series of works are also displayed at AoFest, the only CMF Design Exhibition in Japan this year.

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