We've seen multiple examples of companies starting up that make use of 3D printing for a specific purpose, be it artificial legs, figurines or automotive items. But now we're seeing design firms emerge that are dedicated solely to 3D printed designs.
One such firm is Innovation Factory of Chicago, who can design, prototype, fund and assist in starting up your new business. While there have been many products and services that have gone through this very process on their own, Innovation Factory provides services to quickly navigate that path with their experience in various product design fields, including: Architecture, Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Fashion, Homeware, Jewelry, Lighting and Toys.
Innovation Factory is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for "Opus", a simple but effective iPad stand that doubles as an acoustic loudspeaker. No more cupping your hand behind the speaker! Innovation Factory designer Sanjeet Das says:
Recently, I developed ‘Opus’, a passive amplifier & stand for iPads, iPhones & iPods. Opus is a two piece stand that snaps and stays together using magnets to form an alluring shape when not in use. Our entire prototyping process was done using a Makerbot Replicator 2 and UP!
3D printing design services might not be required by everyone, but the availability of such services certainly will encourage and bring forward many more projects using 3D printing. We're expecting to see similar services sprout in many cities, each helping new businesses launch products made possible by 3D printing.