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Perfecting surgical skills with Tissue Matrix
“When evaluating products for design and functionality, this exceptional level of realism and multi-material capability at the prototyping stage is a major advantage for customers, aiding decision-making and accelerating time-to-market.”
Yann Crapet - Albéa
Perfume caps 3D printed on a Stratasys Connex3 in VeroWhite and VeroClear materials
Perfecting skills with Stratasys' Tissue Matrix material.
Albéa needed to create prototypes in a wider range of materials and colors to boost flexibility and responsiveness. So they brought Stratasys PolyJet technology in house, first investing in the Objet30 3D Printer and later a Connex3. With the ability to 3D print multi-material parts in many colors, Albéa can now demonstrate realistic, functional prototypes to customers — a service crucial to their business. “We recently created a fully-functional lipstick prototype, including a full tube mechanism and a special molding in which the lipstick formula was melted,” said Yann Crapet, project manager at Albéa’s Gennevilliers Innovation Centre. “When evaluating products for design and functionality, this exceptional level of realism and multi-material capabilities at the prototyping stage is a major advantage for customers, aiding decision-making and accelerating time-to-market.”
This manufacturing tool produced on a Stratasys Connex3 is used to verify the thickness of the final production part.
Prototyping with 3D printed models.

True design freedom.

For Albéa’s team, the faster prototyping process unleashed more creative freedom. And liberating the team to innovate and explore new designs has enabled the production of items considered impossible before including complex parts such as semi-transparent perfume bottles that require high precision, thanks to the ability to 3D print translucent, flexible materials with a smooth surface finish. “The choice of colors and materials we can access now has taken us into unchartered territory in terms of what we can design and supply our customers,” said Crapet. “This, along with having the technology in-house, affords us far more control and flexibility. We can offer up to ten highly accurate packaging prototypes to customers in less time, improving customer satisfaction.”
See how 3D printing allows the team at Albéa the ability innovate and explore new and previously impossible products with a faster prototyping process.
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