19th December 2011
Fishman Acoustic Amplification works with the world’s top instrument builders, artists and retailers.
Using its Objet desktop 3D printer, Fishman can print mechanically accurate guitar amplification device prototypes that customers can’t tell apart from real production parts. In-house 3D printing allows Fishman to go through multiple design iterations in a single day, enabling the company to rapidly perfect its designs without compromising on quality or missing sales cycles.
Previously, outsourced rapid prototyping had been expensive and slow. Now, with in-house prototyping using the Objet desktop 3D printer, Fishman can get to market faster and its production process is more predictable.
“Kula, our new onboard ukulele system, is an example of where we really got a chance to use the Objet desktop 3D printer to its fullest advantage,” says Robert Ketch, Vice President of OEM Sales at Fishman Acoustic Amplification. “The prototypes of the Objet desktop are of such good quality that our customers think they are production parts. We’re going to be making many more pieces with the Objet desktop 3D printer to repeat the success we had with this product. The impact on the timeline and the impression that Objet makes have been really valuable.”
In addition to being impressed with the quality, flexibility and structural integrity of the models created on the Objet desktop 3D printer, the development team at Fishman is enjoying far easier and faster prototyping.
Ian Popken, Director, Product Development at Fishman Acoustic Amplification, says: “It’s a very smooth process and the Objet 3D printer is easy to use. Just recently we had one part that went through three revisions in a single day. It’s pretty remarkable to get a perfect prototype so quickly without compromising on design quality.”