Consumer Goods & Retail

3D Solutions for the Consumer Products Industry

Consumer Products Solutions

Innovate with design tools and additive manufacturing

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Technology & Process Solutions

The SOLIDWORKS integrated product portfolio covers modeling, simulation, visualization, communication, and manufacturing that designers need for developing better products, faster.

Our solutions allow Consumer Product designers to:

  • Go from Concept Design to Finshed Product

    SOLIDWORKS offers an integrated solution for concept design to manufactured product. Today, developing consumer products requires tools beyond the ability to generate great looking designs—they also must perform properly and be less expensive to manufacture.

  • Work Seamlessly with Your Design Teams

    The SOLIDWORKS portfolio of products is comprised of complementary tools that guarantee designs created in any application can be opened, edited, and updated, ensuring that no time or effort is lost when moving from design to simulation and manufacturing.

  • Collaborate and Share Your Designs

    SOLIDWORKS delivers a design experience focused on creating innovative products in a connected and truly collaborative environment, with solutions that help you develop, review, and select concepts before committing to detailed design and manufacturing.

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Additive Manufacturing Solutions

In the competitive world of consumer products, having an in-house 3D printing capabilities enhances collaboration, reduces time to market, and helps protect your innovative ideas until launch.

Our additive solutions help Consumer Product designers to:

  • Get to market faster

    Get to market faster than the competition with speedier design cycles. Go from design to prototyping in hours, not days. Blaze through product improvement with rapid prototype revisions

  • Innovate

    Allows product designers to produce any form they can imagine, in real space and time. Then test and revise at will.

  • Simplify Workflow

    Get better results by removing steps and complexity from your workflow. By producing full-scale prototypes straight from CAD design, your design reviews go smoother with hands-on consumer insight that is more informed.

  • Customize Models

    Win customers by building products around more specific consumer wants and needs. Efficiently design and create products for the unique fit, performance and aesthetics consumers demand.

Technology for Consumer Products Design

Drive innovation and connectivity with SOLIDWORKS software

SOLIDWORKS® solutions provide a powerful toolset that bridges the gaps between industrial design and manufacturing. By providing powerful sketching tools and advanced surfacing capabilities, you can transition easily from design to finished product faster and with better product performance.

Customer Example

Innovative Child Safety Product design with SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer

After using SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer, IE+D realized important productivity gains related to better collaboration between industrial design and mechanical engineering.

IE+D help startups and manufacturers maximize their return on investment.

Consumer Products Process Management

Communicate and collaborate with your team and suppliers

Reduce the time and expense required to manage, archive, and track design documentation and cost-effectively automate documentation to securely archive and organize multiple versions of projects.


Additive Manufacturing Consumer Products Solutions

Advanced materials and techniques for prototyping


Designers, engineers, sales and marketing staff all utilize 3D printed prototypes to better communicate the products aesthetics and performance.

Before a Trek bicycle speeds you down the road or a Black & Decker tool helps you improve your home, these products are ideas in the minds of designers and engineers. Prototyping gives them form and makes perfection possible.

The quickest way to get accurate prototypes is with 3D printing. Watch the video below to learn how it makes product design faster and better, and designers more confident.


3D Printing Technologies

3D printing allows consumer product manufacturers to test for fit, form and function and in some cases test their designs in real world conditions.

Realistic appearance models are achieved with Stratasys PolyJet 3D printers which work with an extensive array of materials which include clear, flexible, rigid, rubber-like and with a full spectrum of vibrant colours. Make your design reviews and focus-group sessions more productive with lifelike prototypes.

When you need to build your prototypes in the same materials as your finished product, Stratasys offer patented FDM technology. FDM printers work with material such as ABSi, PC, PC-ABS and Nylon 12 to name a few. Perform advanced functional testing for early safety approvals such a CSA and UL. Save time and money by prototyping early in the design process

Additive Manufacturing Machines & Materials

Stratasys 3D Printing gets consumer products created faster

Stratasys PolyJet 3D Printers and materials improve communication and collaboration because they produce amazingly  accurate representations of your consumer products that you can share with your team and your clients for a faster, more confident buy-in.

Additive Manufacturing Applications

How do Consumer Products engineers use 3D printers?

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Why Stratasys 3D Printing for Consumer Products?

Recommended Consumer Products Machine

Objet260 Connex3

Compact Colour Multi-Material 3D Printer

The Objet260 Connex3 is a colour, multi-material 3D printer compact enough for office use, which now makes colour 3D Printing more accessible to a wide variety of users.

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Aesthetic & Function Testing

Industrial designers, mechanical engineers, packaging designers, graphic artists and marketing staff all use prototypes to understand a product’s aesthetic and functional appeal. 3D printing gives your idea the speed to match its brilliance.

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Create Life Like Prototypes

For prototypes built from production-grade thermoplastics, Stratasys offers patented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology. FDM 3D printers work with ABS, PC and other thermoplastics, so you can build prototypes from the same material as the finished product. Get your concept off the starter’s block in record time.

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Experiment with Different Materials

For astonishingly realistic appearance in a 3D printed model, Stratasys PolyJet 3D printers work with an impressive array of materials including clear, flexible and rigid. Design reviews and focus-group sessions can be more productive with lifelike prototypes.

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Expedite prototype tooling for testing

Create prototypes using the same processes and materials as your finished product. At a fraction of the cost of machining, you can 3D print smooth, accurate Digital ABS injection molds, tough polycarbonate forming patterns or detailed casting patterns.

Featured Case Study

3D printed prototypes push a passion for cycling

Trek uses an Objet Multi-material 3D Printer to create prototypes.

Think of your bike. How many materials does it represent? A rigid metal frame, firm rubber tires, soft handlebar grips, a cushioned seat, clear and coloured lenses — a lot of engineering go into a smooth, fast ride.

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