IDC Models’ SLA Prototypes Unique Shot Glass
IDC Models, the rapid prototyping and model making division of Industrial Design Consultancy (IDC), has produced a prototype for a novel new shot glass for alcoholic spirits.
Quaffer approached IDC Models to produce a prototype of their Pyramid Shot Glass; a double shot glass which gives drinkers a built-in chaser. The product is styled in a pyramid form and allows 1oz of liquor and 2.25oz of chaser to be stored separately until the drink is consumed.
IDC manufactured the prototype using its in-house Viper Stereolithography (SLA) machine, a 3D printer that constructs models by selectively hardening liquid resin. The process involves slicing a CAD model into cross-sections which are traced by high-power laser onto the surface of the resin. The resin cures and hardens where the laser hits, allowing objects to be built up layer by layer. The result is a plastic part with a superb surface finish.
Peter Pendergast, Head of Prototyping at IDC Models, explains “IDC’s SLA process was able to produce prototypes of the shot glass which were almost water-clear in their finish, which delighted the client.” IDC Models’ Viper SLA machine produces parts with such high accuracy and surface finish that it can be used to manufacture low volume production runs direct from CAD data. For further information about IDC’s rapid prototyping technology, please visit: www.idcmodels.com.
Quaffer’s Pyramid Shot glass is one of a unique range of built-in chaser shot glasses. Please visit www.quaffer-uk.com for further information about products.