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Vacuum Forming the OhmniLabs Way

At OhmniLabs we like to try different ways of prototyping to help us move faster with testing and developing new products. 3D printing has always been our top mean for prototyping and production. On the other hand, thermoforming is a common manufacturing process that we want to test and see if it is suitable for our prototyping needs. Thermoforming appears in everyday products including packaging, trays, bins, and disposable cups due to its aesthetic flexibility to form very organic shapes. Hobbyists like to prototype using vacuum forming machines, a simplified version of thermoforming, because they can replicate complex shapes at a much lower cost compared to other processes. While the market price of a vacuum forming machine is around $2,500, we believed we can build our own with a $300 budget.

Featured on Autodesk's "Designing Differently" publication.

In the early days of OhmniLabs, we chose Autodesk's Fusion360 as our design platform of choice for its powerful design tools, collaboration features, and low cost. Today, we learned that Autodesk featured us as a customer success story on their Fusion360 blog.

How to Design for 3D Printing


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The biggest misconception for 3D printing is that anyone can easily design parts and print them instantly. Even with recent advances in consumer level 3D printing, 3D printing has yet to allow anyone to print parts without already having experience or spending the time to learn about the process. This guide breaks down the essentials on how to design parts if you are new to 3D printing or are struggling to achieve good results. 

Ohmni The Home Robot Delights All.

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Earlier this year, we started a pilot program with Home Care Assistance to explore the benefits of using our home robot, Ohmniwith residents of The Heritage Downtown retirement living community in Walnut Creek, CA. Many residents signed up to test Ohmni as a new way to communicate with their families and they've been enjoying our robots ever since!

7 Myths of 3D Printing

1. 3D Printing Is Super Fast

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3D printing objects has become faster in recent years and there are several companies working on 3D printers which make parts in minutes rather than hours. Compared to traditional high-volume manufacturing methods such as injection molding or casting, 3D printing is relatively slow on a part production rate basis.Since 3D printers work layer-by-layer with filaments, powders, or resins, they tend to take hours to produce single parts.