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How Air up used 3D Printed Rapid Tooling to Prototype for Food-Safe Drinking Bottles

Neuroscience Meets Design: Learn how air up uses silicone casting with Formlabs SLA 3D printers to develop its innovative drinking bottles.

Munich-based scale up air up has kicked off a new healthy drink trend by selling bottles which flavor water using a principle called retronasal smell.

Just two years after its founding, air up celebrated the milestone of 1 million customers and was able to grow to around 240 employees today by March 2022.

3D printing played a key role in the development process, both for directly printing prototypes and for producing rapid tooling for silicone casting to create food-safe prototypes, saving the young scale up time and money, and empowering them to enter the market faster.

In this interview Tim Jäger—one of the five founders and current CTO of the company—talks about coming up with the idea, the technology, and how they used their Form 3 and Form 3L stereolithography (SLA) 3D printers to create detailed functional prototypes to perfect their design.

Find out more by reading the full user story here.

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White Resin, Model Resin (Dental)

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