Prototype to Production – The Next Stage
Taking a prototype to production can be an extremely tricky task for any company. Building a prototype can take an enormous amount of patience, funding and hard work. There are also a number of decisions that need to be made to finalize the decision to take the prototype to production. At MAKO Design + Invent we understand the implications with taking a prototype to production. The innovative team behind Photon Elephant is looking to take their prototype to production in order to make 3D printing a little less complicated.
Photon Elephant is a software/hardware bundle that operates a 3D printer. 3D printing has become one of the fastest growing technologies in recent years but there are still a number of difficulties that come along with it. The team, which is based out of Austin Texas, wants to eliminate the tricky technical problems that come along with 3D printing controls. The Photon Elephant is built with the user in mind, putting an operating system directly onto the 3D printer. It is controlled by the printer’s “Rasberry Pi”, which links the printer to your specified device. You simply place the special SD card, which is provided with the Photon Elephant, into the Rasberry Pi and you are then able to connect your device to your printer and run the program. The motor movements of the printer can be controlled using a variety of different devices, such as a computer, phone, or tablet, without the need to set up a number of independent software programs.
The Next Step in Prototype to Production
The convenience of Photon Elephant is incredible. It allows you to operate any sort of Unix program, such as web posting and slicing, on your 3D printer. The team has been working on finalizing their SDK, which would allow you to add any sort of specialized program you may personally want to make your 3D printer your own. This would include adding custom motors or new features to the Photon Elephant. The SDK will take the prototype to production and allow the product to go live. MAKO loves to see creative ideas such as the Photon Elephant grow and succeed in emerging markets, such as Austin, Texas and wishes nothing but the best to their team moving forward.
Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent
MAKO Design + Invent is a full-service consumer product development firm servicing both high-growth corporate manufacturers and invention startups. With a 25-person team across 3 offices (Austin, England, Toronto), MAKO has complete in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering design and prototyping services. To assist our start-up inventor clients, we also have a subsidiary branch called Mako Invent that, in addition to above, helps start-ups with patenting, strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. For our corporate clients, MAKO Design develops world-class consumer electronics designs through our industrial, mechanical, and electrical design teams.
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