From Crowdfunding Campaign to Industry Leader
Canary, a startup company specializing in all-in-one security devices has raised nearly $2 million making them one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns on Indiegogo. To stay competitive Canary uses rapid prototyping with MakerBot 3D printers in order to accelerate their design iterations and address the needs of its engineers and designers. Using two Replicator+ and Replicator Mini+ 3D printers, the startup can test ideas thoroughly and quickly, leading to quicker design decisions and an end-product that’s brought to market faster.
“The design process is not linear. What’s great aboutt MakerBot is that you can insert it at any step of the process and it’ll help you continue to evolve your idea”- Adam Sager, CEO & Co-Founder, Canary
With MakerBot solutions, Canary’s designers could quickly evolve designs with iterative prototypes while its engineers can better test designs for reliability, fit, function, and manufacturability. James Krause, Director of Industrial Design says, “Technology is moving very fast and it’s very important for us to get our ideas out there quickly to stay competitive. MakerBot helps us get to a better solution faster.”
Iterating Ideas and Bringing Products to Market Faster
Instead of closing the printers off in a service bureau or workshop, they are dispersed on desks near engineers and designers. This close proximity allows the team to more easily make decisions and collaborate on a whole slew of processes, like developing concepts, exchanging ideas, conducting fit studies with printed parts, and having quick meetings to discuss whether an idea will work or not. This close proximity also accelerates iteration. According to Krause, “Days matter, minutes matter, and having the Replicator+ behind my desk just saved that much more time to where I could quickly model something, send it to the printer, keep working on the next version, and as soon as the other one is done, pop it off, and send the next version to the printer. So iteration is just that quick”.
To evolve ideas quickly and efficiently, the Canary staff require technology that allow them to achieve greater reliability and precision. The Replicator+ from MakerBot offers the perfect solution as offer a 3D printing system that is reliable, easy to operate and feature a large build volume.
Redefining What’s Possible in Home Security
With MakerBot’s connected solutions, Canary brings products to market faster and more cost-effectively than having to share industrial 3D printers that can be difficult to use and expensive. In so doing, Canary can continue to redefine what’s possible in the home security industry, expand its business, and set itself apart as a leader.