Being able to turn on the lights in your living room, skip to your favourite song and navigate your PowerPoint presentation all with a wave of your hand is being made possible thanks to the team at Senic.
Over the last year, they created and have been working on Nuimo, an exquisitely designed modern remote control. This device enables you to control multiple applications such as lights, music and door locks just by clicking, turning, swiping and moving your fingers over it.
The team were looking for ways to quickly prototype the internal components of the device following an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign. When the Senic Industrial Designer, Felix Christmann, saw the Formlabs 3D printers, he immediately recognised its huge potential for his prototyping needs. Felix mentions that “High quality 3D printing is one of the most important tools right now”.
The FDM 3D printing technology was used by Felix to prototype the core part that holds the mantle of the device. After some iterations, he got to the point where higher precision and reliability were needed. He mentions “with FDM we ran the risk that our parts would suffer distortion from the applied heat. Therefore, we couldn’t test the tolerances of screw holes. We needed a more precise fabrication technology.”
The company was able to rapidly prototype more than 30 different iterations before finding the final design thanks to the Formlabs stereolithography technology.
In comparison to commissioning a printing bureau and paying over 100€ per piece, a 3D print with their Formlabs printer cost them less than 4€ each. Felix mentions ““The Formlabs printer produced the perfect fit to find the right adjustment for the core part.”
He printed the components using tough resin in order to test tolerances for the first round of manufacturing. To this point, Senic has ran two crowdfunding campaigns on Indiegogo and Kickstarter, and is now aiming to ship their final Nuimo version to their customers this January.