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Use cases

The “one size fits all” model no longer fits for medical wearables and sports and protective gear. The future is personal.   Imagine a practitioner creating a unique and perfectly fitted medical device for a patient in just minutes at the point of care. Twikit empowers medical OEMs, orthopedic professionals, and consumer brands to tap into [...]
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Consumers are searching for a personal experience now that the options for mobility are numerous. Depending on their lifestyle, ownership has a different meaning for every individual. How do OEMs respond to the tendency of unique driving experiences for every end-customer while also standing out amongst the competition? That is why it is becoming more urgent than ever for OEMs to find the [...]
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Digital manufacturing is a real game-changer for bringing spare parts to market in a sustainable way. It even solves the crucial problem of creating spare parts which are not available anymore for classic machinery. 3D printing and digitalized workflows put classical old-timers back safely on the road.   The 1954 Austin Healey which got revived [...]
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Pushing the boundaries of mass customization: customized car parts

[vc_row el_class="boxed-narrow"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="64px"][vc_column_text] <h5><span data-contrast="auto">The introduction of additive manufacturing and customization in the automotive sector is a game-changer. It provides the opportunity for innovation by adding personalization to a vehicle experience and, by this means, improve customer satisfaction. Automotive manufacturers can add value to their high-end products through customization and 3D printing.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></h5> <h5><span data-contrast="auto">Twikit</span><span data-contrast="auto"> pushes the boundaries of mass customization, and the proprietary </span><span data-contrast="auto">TwikBot</span><span data-contrast="auto"> technology opens the door to limitless possibilities for automotive and other industries.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></h5> <span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5>Unlock the potential of personalization</h5> <span data-contrast="auto">To enable the benefits of car part personalization based on digital manufacturing, customization software is vital. The automotive industry can enter into a new level of mass customization of car parts through the proprietary </span><span data-contrast="auto">TwikBot</span><span data-contrast="auto"> software. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <img class="size-large wp-image-4253 aligncenter" src="https://www.twikit.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Twikit_velgV2-34-1024x684.png" alt="Twikit car wheel customization" width="848" height="566" /> <span data-contrast="auto">TwikBot</span><span data-contrast="auto"> is an end-to-end cloud-based kernel that integrates seamlessly into any business model and allows for 3D printed, highly customized </span><span data-contrast="auto">p</span><span data-contrast="auto">ieces </span><span data-contrast="auto">created through a unique product personalization experience. </span><span data-contrast="auto">Twikit’s</span><span data-contrast="auto"> software enables the end-customer to personalize </span><span data-contrast="auto">parts and products</span><span data-contrast="auto"> resulting in unique vehicles to </span><span data-contrast="auto">an </span><span data-contrast="auto">individual’s</span><span data-contrast="auto"> lifestyle and aesthetic preference. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">A one-of-a-kind vehicle</span> <span data-contrast="auto">is </span><span data-contrast="auto">created by personalizing interior parts and external design features, which is possible thanks to mass customization software and 3D printing technologies. </span><span data-contrast="auto">Car configurators are set-up as virtual showrooms where products are completely customizable. </span><span data-contrast="auto">The end-customer visualizes their self-designed part, and when ordered, the production file is automatically sent to the right production facility</span><span data-contrast="auto"> through the </span><span data-contrast="auto">Twikit</span><span data-contrast="auto"> Live platform</span><span data-contrast="auto">. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5>Case: 3D printed customized aerodynamic wheel blades</h5> <span class="TextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4">To make the </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4">use</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4">case</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4"> of 3D printed customized car parts through an end-to-end digital workflow real, we focused on an exterior aspect of car design. Wheel blades are the most impactful visual statement and set the mood for the drive. </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW179984268 BCX4" data-ccp-props="{}"> </span>[/vc_column_text][vc_video link="https://vimeo.com/528345221" align="center" css_animation="fadeIn"][vc_column_text]<span data-contrast="auto">3D printed customized car parts bring a lot more to the table for car brands than on-demand and digital manufactur</span><span data-contrast="auto">ing</span><span data-contrast="auto">, which ensures an automated process. These concepts, such as thoroughly designed and customized wheel blades, improve a vehicle's performance without losing sight of efficient production processes, creative possibilities, and high-end aesthetics.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5>A seamless, digital and automated workflow</h5> <span data-contrast="auto">Using 3D printing as </span><span data-contrast="auto">a </span><span data-contrast="auto">manufacturing method </span><span data-contrast="auto">facilitates </span><span data-contrast="auto">a </span><b><span data-contrast="auto">shorter production time</span></b><span data-contrast="auto"> and allows for </span><b><span data-contrast="auto">faster iterations</span></b><span data-contrast="auto">.</span> <span data-contrast="auto">It enables </span><span data-contrast="auto">personalization</span> <span data-contrast="auto">through </span><span data-contrast="auto">a</span><span data-contrast="auto"> digital manufacturing workflow </span><span data-contrast="auto">powered by </span><span data-contrast="auto">TwikBot</span> <span data-contrast="auto">that allows on-demand</span><span data-contrast="auto">, high-volume </span><span data-contrast="auto">production. </span><span data-contrast="auto">Because the complete chain from configuration to the connection with manufacturing is digital, the mass customization operation is </span><b><span data-contrast="auto">automized</span></b><span data-contrast="auto"> and easy to integrate in</span><span data-contrast="auto">to</span><span data-contrast="auto"> any business model</span><span data-contrast="auto">. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">More is possible </span><span data-contrast="auto">with mass customization of car parts. </span><span data-contrast="auto">Brands can add a new dimension to their product</span> <span data-contrast="auto">and </span><b><span data-contrast="auto">increase the </span></b><b><span data-contrast="auto">value </span></b><b><span data-contrast="auto">of </span></b><b><span data-contrast="auto">a luxury product</span></b><span data-contrast="auto"> through an improved </span><span data-contrast="auto">and personalized </span><span data-contrast="auto">customer experience.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5>Additive manufacturing: optimized design and improved performance</h5> <span data-contrast="auto">Additive manufacturing allows the use of adapted materials for automotive parts that guarantee the same mechanical properties as with traditional manufacturing. This means that the quality is high-caliber while production is faster and more flexible.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">The plastics (or metals) used for 3D printing are </span><b><span data-contrast="auto">high-performance materials</span></b><span data-contrast="auto"> suitable for car parts and enable </span><b><span data-contrast="auto">lighter structures</span></b><span data-contrast="auto"> thanks to the materials' composition. Also, the creative freedom that 3D models free up allows for </span><b><span data-contrast="auto">innovative designs</span></b><span data-contrast="auto"> such as lattices, decreasing the amount of material used and the part's weight.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <img class="size-full wp-image-4255 aligncenter" src="https://www.twikit.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Twikit_car_wheel_customization.jpg" alt="Twikit car wheel customization" width="998" height="380" /> <p style="text-align: center;"><i><span data-contrast="auto">The car wheel blades designed by Studio </span></i><i><span data-contrast="auto">Twikit</span></i><i><span data-contrast="auto"> are 3D printed in PA12 material on an HP Multi Jet Fusion. When printed, the blades are </span></i><i><span data-contrast="auto">vaporfused</span></i><i><span data-contrast="auto">, </span></i><i><span data-contrast="auto">sprayed with car </span></i><i><span data-contrast="auto">pain</span></i><i><span data-contrast="auto">t,</span></i><i><span data-contrast="auto"> and a protective layer of varnish. </span></i><span data-contrast="auto"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></p> <span class="TextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4">Because 3D printing allows an automotive manufacturer to construct lighter vehicles, the end-customer can enjoy a more </span></span><strong><span class="TextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4">sustainable</span></span></strong><span class="TextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4"> transport means. A lightweight car consumes less fuel or electricity</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4"> which is important for electric car manufacturers working on battery autonomy</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4">.</span></span> <span class="TextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4">T</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4">hanks to the creative freedom that additive manufacturing provides, aerodynamic designs help further </span></span><strong><span class="TextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4">improve the car’s performance</span></span></strong><span class="TextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4">.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW268336616 BCX4" data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5>Each car made unique and personal</h5> <span data-contrast="auto"><span class="TextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4">Because complex patterns and open structures are easy to customize, car parts </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4">a</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4">chieve a</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4"> different look when only a few parameters are changed. Additive manufacturing allows for </span></span><strong><span class="TextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4">endless personalization possibilities</span></span></strong><span class="TextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4"> and design freedom for both car producers and end-customers. </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4">Each car can be unique and personal with customization integrated into the workflow. </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW186478112 BCX4" data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <img class="size-large wp-image-4259 aligncenter" src="https://www.twikit.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Twikit_velg-49_reverse-1024x540.png" alt="Twikit car customization" width="848" height="447" /> <span data-contrast="auto">The </span><b><span data-contrast="auto">high-end aesthetic</span></b><span data-contrast="auto"> is achieved by finishing techniques such as coating, dyeing, </span><span data-contrast="auto">vaporfusing</span><span data-contrast="auto">, painting, or even 2D printing directly on the part. Thanks to the finishes, 3D-printed car parts blend in with the rest of the vehicle's design, ensuring the components are coherent with the car brand's </span><span data-contrast="auto">vision and aesthetic</span><span data-contrast="auto">.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">Twikit</span><span data-contrast="auto"> technology does prevent parts from being over-modified with its customization software through pre-defined options. Because strength and performance are essential for automotive parts, every component (including the customization options) is assessed for its strength and durability.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5><b><span data-contrast="auto">The end-to-end software solution for customized car parts </span></b><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></h5> <span data-contrast="auto">Personalization and additive manufacturing for automotive can provide end-customers with a car perfectly adjusted to their lifestyle and taste. Do you prefer urban chic, or are you more of a racing fanatic? The customization possibilities are </span><span data-contrast="auto">infinite </span><span data-contrast="auto">with the right software and digital manufacturing flow. 3D printed customized car parts enable a new strategic route for automotive manufacturers and allow them to rise above competitors with a sharp focus on customer experience.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">The production also benefits significantly from introducing 3D printing as a manufacturing technology. The automized digital production flow enables light-weight parts that ultimately enhance the car’s performance. In combination with the freedom to apply complex structures, such as lattices, 3D printing makes a sustainable car of the future with a high-end aesthetic possible.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <b><span data-contrast="auto">Twikit</span></b><b><span data-contrast="auto"> pushes the boundaries of mass customization and solves the big problem of personalization in the automotive industry with a cloud-based, end-to-end software solution.</span></b><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <img class="size-large wp-image-4261 aligncenter" src="https://www.twikit.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Twikit_velg-56-1024x420.png" alt="Twikit car customization" width="848" height="348" />     <span data-contrast="auto">Do you want to capture the value of on-demand digitally manufactured, personalized products?  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span><a href="https://www.twikit.com/contact/"><strong>Get in touch with us.</strong></a><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span>[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class="boxed"][vc_column css_animation="fadeIn"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5" css=".vc_custom_1590501898363{padding-left: 30px !important;}"][twkt_button text="Go back to overview" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.twikit.com%2Fcompany%2Fnewsroom%2F|title:Newsroom||"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="64"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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TwikFit: end-to-end digital workflow for custom-fit insoles

[vc_row el_class="boxed-narrow"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="64px"][vc_column_text] <h5><span data-contrast="auto">TwikFit is Twikit’s software system for 3D printed orthopedics and sports gear that enables design automation for biometric customization based on 3D scanning.</span></h5> <span data-contrast="auto"> In the past years, the orthotics industry is experiencing a shift towards additive manufacturing to increase efficiency and scalability. The previously labor-intensive creation process is becoming fully digitized and more sustainable with no waste and on-demand digital manufacturing. By using the TwikFit platform, it is possible to create sports gear and orthotic products such as insoles on-demand and at scale with less effort and in a smaller timeframe.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> Discover the end-to-end digital workflow of custom-fit insoles from design to finalized product and the added value of mass customization for orthoses.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link="https://youtu.be/2fWQQp5Cwrw" align="center" css_animation="fadeIn"][vc_column_text] <h5><span class="TextRun SCXW215603648 BCX4" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW215603648 BCX4">Are you interested in how </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW215603648 BCX4" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SpellingErrorV2 SCXW215603648 BCX4">TwikFit</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW215603648 BCX4" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW215603648 BCX4"> can improve and digitize your manufacturing process</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW215603648 BCX4" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW215603648 BCX4"> of custom-fit ortho</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW215603648 BCX4" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW215603648 BCX4">ses</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW215603648 BCX4" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW215603648 BCX4">? Please visit <a href="https://www.twikit.com/twikit-platform/twikfit/">here</a>.</span></span></h5> [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class="boxed"][vc_column css_animation="fadeIn"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5" css=".vc_custom_1590501898363{padding-left: 30px !important;}"][twkt_button text="Go back to overview" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.twikit.com%2Fcompany%2Fnewsroom%2F|title:Newsroom||"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="64"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Custom jewelry: automating the design process

[vc_row el_class="boxed-narrow"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="64px"][vc_column_text] <h5><span data-contrast="auto">Jewelry making is a respected artisanal craft. Nevertheless, the traditional way of designing and creating custom jewelry is demanding for both jeweler and customer.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></h5> <h5><span data-contrast="auto">Even though a custom piece of jewelry unique to you sounds very interesting, several aspects withhold consumers from investing. They think of it as a slow and intricate process with a surprising price tag in the end. For a jewelry designer, there are also difficulties in play. Artisanal, handcrafted custom-made jewelry requires extensive training and expertise, a considerable amount of time, and the process is prone to expensive errors. Additive manufacturing offers the solution.     </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></h5>   <h5>New digital store experiences</h5> <span data-contrast="auto">Renowned jewelry brands with stores worldwide are also looking for new (digital) experiences to offer their customer base. Before, customers prominently bought exclusive products such as jewelry pieces based on their preferences in-store. Now, e-commerce has made its name for high-value products. Improving the digital store experience is a priority for brands, even for those with an established presence in the world’s luxury shopping streets.   </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">With the technological advancements in digital mass customization software and 3D printing, jewelry designers can combine traditional with digital techniques—both during production and customer touchpoints.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> [caption id="attachment_4071" align="aligncenter" width="655"]<img class="wp-image-4071" src="https://www.twikit.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/328-1024x632.jpg" alt="Gregson & buck" width="655" height="405" /> © Gregson & Buck. All rights reserved.[/caption] <h5>Custom design process automation</h5> <span data-contrast="auto">With the progress in digital tools such as online customization platforms, jewelers </span><span data-contrast="auto">can </span><span data-contrast="auto">offer personalized designs. They </span><span data-contrast="auto">add value to their luxury products by providing a unique customer experience in the form of customization. The configurator can be integrated into their website or application and match their branding seamlessly.   </span><span data-contrast="auto">   </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">When visiting a jeweler's web-based configurator, customers can design jewelry pieces in the comfort of their own homes</span><span data-contrast="auto"> </span><span data-contrast="auto">wi</span><span data-contrast="auto">t</span><span data-contrast="auto">h just</span><span data-contrast="auto"> a few clicks. The customizer displays the changes made during the customer's design process and lets them interact with the product. </span><span data-contrast="auto">The final result</span><span data-contrast="auto"> is immediately visible to the customer. In other words, what you see is what you get.    </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5>Gregson & Buck: adding value through an interactive customer experience</h5> <span data-contrast="none"><a href="https://www.gregsonandbuck.com">Gregson & Buck</a> is a men's jewelry brand that focuses solely on customization. They design</span><span data-contrast="none"> products that express the end-users' personality. Assisted by the </span><span data-contrast="none">Twikit</span><span data-contrast="none"> technology, they offer luxury <a href="https://www.gregsonandbuck.com/products/custom-groom-cufflinks?variant=34812655239302">custom groom cufflinks</a> that can be personalized entirely using the configurator embedded into their website.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span>[/vc_column_text][vc_video link="https://vimeo.com/499243855" align="center" css_animation="fadeIn"][vc_column_text]<span data-contrast="none">As you can see in the demonstration above, the customer can adjust font, characters, material and choose the engraving. If they wish, the two <a href="https://www.gregsonandbuck.com/products/custom-groom-cufflinks?variant=34812655239302">cufflinks</a> can also have different monograms and engravings. It is details like these that improve the customer experience and add value to the brand.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span><span data-contrast="none"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <i><span data-contrast="none">Other significant configurator features that are valuable for the customer experience</span></i><span data-contrast="none">:  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <ul> <li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="none">While designing the cufflinks to match your </span><span data-contrast="none">style</span><span data-contrast="none">, a dynamic price is visible and adjusts to every change made to the </span><span data-contrast="none">design</span><span data-contrast="none">  </span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true}"> </span></li> <li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="none">You can choose between previewing the custom groom cufflinks in a 3D view mode or on a dress shirt </span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true}"> </span></li> <li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="none">The 3D view mode shows the cufflinks in high-quality 3D with physic-based </span><span data-contrast="none">shading</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true}"> </span></li> </ul> <h5>3D printing in jewelry customization</h5> <span data-contrast="none">The digital customization platform automates the design process. On the </span><span data-contrast="none">back-end</span><span data-contrast="none">, software can automate production too. The configurator systematically sends production files based on orders to manufacturing.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="none">The leading 3D printing technologies in jewelry customization are lost wax casting and metal printing. Both methods significantly decrease production time for custom-made jewelry. The time savings enable scalability and on-demand production.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <ul> <li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="5" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="none">Lost wax casting is a 3D printing technology where the original pattern is 3D printed instead of hand-carved. Based on the wax pattern, a mold is created. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true}"> </span></li> </ul> <ul> <li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="5" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="none">Metal printing combines the flexibility of 3D printing with the physical properties of metals.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true}"> </span></li> </ul> <h5>Mixing traditional with digital techniques</h5> <span data-contrast="auto">Taking advantage of technology and switching to a digital business model has never been more straightforward and accompanied by many benefits. Custom-made jewelry requires less expertise, is time-efficient, and less prone to errors.</span> <span data-contrast="auto">For customers, it </span><span data-contrast="auto">does not </span><span data-contrast="auto">require</span><span data-contrast="auto"> patience</span> <span data-contrast="auto">anymore </span><span data-contrast="auto">and several steps of revising the design. The configurator shows them the final </span><span data-contrast="auto">product that they have created themselves.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> [caption id="attachment_4075" align="aligncenter" width="747"]<img class="wp-image-4075" src="https://www.twikit.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/207-1024x469.jpg" alt="gregson & buck " width="747" height="342" /> © Gregson & Buck. All rights reserved.[/caption] <span data-contrast="auto">Introducing digital technologies to the art of jewelry making lowers the threshold for both designers and consumers. It provides product and market opportunities to independent jewelry makers and a solution for those who seek a personalized piece to commemorate a memorable moment in their lives.   </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">If you are looking to innovate and offer a unique customer experience while saving yourself from the intricate process of designing custom jewelry the traditional way, we suggest you go digital.  </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"134233117":true,"134233118":true}"> </span>   <span data-ccp-props="{"134233117":true,"134233118":true}">Do you want to offer a next-level customization experience and head towards a digital, on-demand production flow?  </span><strong><a href="https://www.twikit.com/contact/">Get in touch with us</a>. </strong>[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class="boxed"][vc_column css_animation="fadeIn"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5" css=".vc_custom_1590501898363{padding-left: 30px !important;}"][twkt_button text="Go back to overview" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.twikit.com%2Fcompany%2Fnewsroom%2F|title:Newsroom||"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="64"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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The future of orthotics: a custom in-store experience

[vc_row el_class="boxed-narrow"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="64px"][vc_column_text] <h5>A lot is happening in the orthopedics and orthotics market. Manufacturers are increasingly testing the boundaries of what is possible for custom orthotics production and innovative technologies are being introduced. It results in time and cost-reductive processes, which in turn leads to new opportunities in the field.</h5> <h5><span data-contrast="auto">Thanks to technological developments, the orthotic market is slowly shifting towards additive manufacturing with larger production volumes and being</span><span data-contrast="auto"> commercially available, without being bound to a physical location. We asked ourselves: how will it look when it gets there? As Diana Hall, President and Founder of </span><span data-contrast="auto">ActivArmor</span><span data-contrast="auto"> <a href="https://www.twikit.com/news/twikit-at-tipe-3dprinting/">said</a>, “it is not a one-size-fits-all world."</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></h5>   <h5><b><span data-contrast="auto">The accessibility of orthotics right now </span></b><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></h5> <span data-contrast="auto">The traditional craft of making custom-fit orthotics is a respected but time-consuming and intricate process. If consumers desire an orthotic device, they must visit a professional clinic that spends up to days creating a device when made the traditional way. With the extensive manual work, it is quite a costly affair. In other words, the threshold to obtain a custom orthotic such as an insole, protective helmet, or hand brace, for example, is high.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">Orthotics can prevent and treat various problems related to the musculoskeletal system, impacting the patient’s quality of life. That is why the accessibility of high-quality custom-fit orthotics is important. The commercialization of these kinds of orthotics does benefit not only the manufacturer but also the end-user.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5><b><span data-contrast="auto">The transition to a digital additive manufacturing flow </span></b><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></h5> <span data-contrast="auto">The orthopedic and orthotic market slowly transitions to a digital production flow, replacing partly inefficient steps and labor-intensive conventional production methods. This is thanks to mass customization solutions, including custom design and order management software, becoming simpler and easier to use. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">Moving towards a digital production flow is made a logical choice. It saves producers costs, time, and inventory space. </span> <h5>Digital processes lowering the threshold</h5> <span data-contrast="auto">But how do digital technologies lower the threshold for the consumer? Because a device's production can be completed within a few hours, and technicians save days by implementing additive manufacturing technology, the product costs less and is more affordable. On top of that, orthotic manufacturers can scale up while creating a one-of-a-kind (unique), custom-fit device every time around. Customers will receive a high-quality product that provides comfort and a precise fit.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto"><img class=" wp-image-4045 aligncenter" src="https://www.twikit.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/twikfit-insole-white-1024x528.png" alt="Twikit insoles " width="989" height="510" /></span> <span data-contrast="auto">In addition, 3D scanning technology is making vast steps ahead. It is an easy and fast way to obtain precise measurements for creating custom orthotics. The 3D scanning devices and tools continuously become more user-friendly and cheaper. This means that anyone can perform a high-quality scan anywhere, using smartphones, tablets, or mobile devices. Think of clinics where medical professionals perform 3D scans, and it uploads immediately onto the customization software platform. Or, think of opportunities in retail.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5><b><span data-contrast="auto">The </span></b><b><span data-contrast="auto">custom </span></b><b><span data-contrast="auto">orthotic</span></b> <b><span data-contrast="auto">in-store experience </span></b><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></h5> <span data-contrast="none">Considering customizable products are sought after, and customer experience is more important than ever, we also see the future of orthotics in a commercial retail environment. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="none">The improved digital manufacturing flow ensures faster production and lowers costs. As a result, it opens doors to new potential customer bases by answering changing customer needs and offering more solutions for different people. It leads to opportunities, such as offering consumers a tailor-made solution for other purposes than medical treatment, including comfortable insoles made-to-fit for any shoe.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5>Customization and brand experience <span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></h5> <span data-contrast="none">Due to the evolution towards completely digital production, which facilitates the availability and accessibility of custom-made orthotics, more people will be able and willing to buy those types of products. And where can you provide the ultimate immersive experience for those potential customers? In a custom orthotic (online-) store or clinic. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="none">We envision the future orthotic point of sale as a design-focused store where customization and brand experience are key. The customer will go from performing a body-part scan to receiving their custom-designed insoles in a few days.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="none">The idea of 'showroom stores' has been around for some time, but it is new and suitable for customizable products. The products are showcased digitally, you can customize your own product in-store, and it is delivered to your doorstep one or two days later. This concept's value is that customers get to interact with the product and the brand during their visit.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5>Minimal customer effort for a high quality orthotic</h5> <span class="TextRun SCXW149279590 BCX4" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW149279590 BCX4">Since 3D scanning devices are increasingly user-friendly, we imagine the next step being a semi-automated full-body scanner. As a customer, </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW149279590 BCX4" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun CommentStart SCXW149279590 BCX4">you step in</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW149279590 BCX4" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW149279590 BCX4">,</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW149279590 BCX4" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW149279590 BCX4"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW149279590 BCX4" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW149279590 BCX4">and the scanner scans the required body part</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW149279590 BCX4" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW149279590 BCX4">,</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW149279590 BCX4" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW149279590 BCX4"> such as an arm, foot, or ankle. </span></span> <span data-contrast="none"><img class=" wp-image-4036 aligncenter" src="https://www.twikit.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/MicrosoftTeams-image-3-copy-897x1024.jpeg" alt="" width="412" height="470" /></span> <span data-contrast="none">The custom-fit product, based on the 3D scan, is then presented on a screen. The displayed configurator provides the customer with the opportunity to design their own custom orthotic</span><span data-contrast="none"> device</span><span data-contrast="none">. Elements such as color, shape, structure, and text are customizable. The finished custom product is adjusted to the customer’s unique measurements and aesthetic preference. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="none">The finalized </span><span data-contrast="none">orthosis </span><span data-contrast="none">is ordered in-store, produced at a local 3D printing supplier, and a few days later, it arrives at the customer’s doorstep, or it is ready to be picked up at the retail store—a smooth customer experience where minimal effort is required to obtain a high-quality custom product.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5><strong>Centralized on-demand manufacturing </strong></h5> <span data-contrast="none">To manage production efficiently, we envision a centralized on-demand manufacturing unit. This unit would process the orders from all custom-orthotic retailers within a certain perimeter to minimize the ecological footstep caused by international transportation. Not printing the orthotics in-house or in the store also saves expertise and space, which can be expensive in inner-city shopping areas. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="none">After purchase, the custom orthotic order would automatically be sent to the printing facility through order management software. Every production file is tagged with a unique ID number that is also printed into the part for optimal order management. It ensures a smooth digital production process with reduced lead time. When the custom orthotic is ready to be worn, it is directly shipped to the customer.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5><strong>The economic value of product mass customization</strong></h5> <span data-contrast="none">However, our vision of the custom orthotic in-store experience is not yet </span><span data-contrast="none">fully </span><span data-contrast="none">realized</span><span data-contrast="none">; some big players in retail are taking steps in this direction. Decathlon already offers a <a href="https://www.twikit.com/news/decathlon-design-your-custom-product-in-store/">unique in-store customer experience</a> in collaboration with </span><span data-contrast="none">Twikit</span><span data-contrast="none">. </span><span data-contrast="none">Customers can create their own custom handlebars to fit on their bikes in-store. The French sporting goods retailer (with their own additive manufacturing department) sees the economic and competitive value of customization. We predict more companies are soon to follow in their footsteps.   </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="none">Because the lead time between order and finalized product can be decreased immensely, new opportunities arise for the custom orthotics market. The innovative technologies ensure customers can have a 3D scan taken, personalize the device and place their order all inside a store. Orthotic manufacturers can expand their customer base and explore new market opportunities, such as retail. If you ask us, it is the future of orthotics.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span>   <h5><span data-contrast="auto">Do you want to offer a next-level customization experience and head towards a digital, on-demand production flow?  </span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233117":true,"134233118":true}"> </span><strong><a href="https://www.twikit.com/contact/">Get in touch with us</a>. </strong></h5> [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class="boxed"][vc_column css_animation="fadeIn"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5" css=".vc_custom_1590501898363{padding-left: 30px !important;}"][twkt_button text="Go back to overview" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.twikit.com%2Fcompany%2Fnewsroom%2F|title:Newsroom||"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="64"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Mass customization for interior design

[vc_row el_class="boxed-narrow"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="64px"][vc_column_text] <h5><span data-contrast="auto">PortaPivot has a worldwide customer base and is a leading innovator in high-end architectural hardware for custom interior doors. Their philosophy is to combine their strength and knowledge in technology, engineering, and design with craftsmanship. PortaPivot recently introduced an on-demand business model making the switch to a completely digital manufacturing flow.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></h5>   <span data-contrast="auto">Twikit's involvement with PortaPivot has led to yet another addition to their value proposition. PortaPivot differentiates itself through its innovative and patented pivot hinge system, Stealthpivot®. With the support of the Twikit technology, they also offer a valuable customer experience through customization.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">When ordering a customized door or partition via the webshop, the product is delivered as a self-assembly kit with the appropriate hardware and installation accessories. The installer is PortaPivot's most important client; they place the customized door or partition in the end-customer's home. By manufacturing aluminum profiles for the client's desired setup, PortaPivot delivers a smart and aesthetic interior door or partition solution for any professional.</span><span data-contrast="auto"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5>Infinite customization possibilities</h5> <span data-contrast="auto">A great advantage to the PortaPivot product range is that it is custom-made. With the Twikit technology support, PortaPivot offers professionals interior doors and fixed partitions, which are endlessly customizable.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">The Twikit technology was applied to create a high-end <a href="https://www.portapivot.com/collections/choose-your-configuration/products/portapivot-5730-single-door#configurator">virtual showroom</a> based on the PortaPivot website's design. It is completely integrated into the PortaPivot digital space, which adds to the branding and unique customer experience. The showroom provides visitors with the opportunity to create and design their own interior doors or partitions. You can custom order up to 40 different product types, with more in the pipeline. The Twikit technology provides PortaPivot the option to scale when more products are added to their custom assortment.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5>Customization based on parametric models</h5> <span data-contrast="auto">Each product has countless customization options based on parametric models. To make it more tangible (and we actually did the math), the PortaPivot 5730 interior door alone has 300 quintillion possible variations. These vary from alterations such as dimensions and color to pivot hinge placement, handles, and grid design, to name a few. PortaPivot's clients can make the customizable door their own design or adjust it to their own customers' wishes.   </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5>Improved customer experience <span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></h5> <span data-contrast="auto">When visiting the PortaPivot configurator built by Twikit, you can notice small but significant details that improve the customer experience:  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <ul> <li><span data-contrast="auto">Different views of the interior door: closed or open towards the out- or inside </span></li> <li><span data-contrast="auto">The possibility of viewing the dimensions in millimeters or inches </span></li> <li><span data-contrast="auto">Placing a </span><span data-contrast="auto">human reference next to the door to create perspective</span></li> </ul> <span data-contrast="auto">By adding details such as </span><span data-contrast="auto">the</span> <span data-contrast="auto">option to </span><span data-contrast="auto">set the measurements to the metric or imperial system, Twikit adjusted the configurator to the international market that PortaPivots serves. </span><span data-contrast="auto">Anyone can visit the virtual showroom and become a PortaPivot client, regardless of where they are situated</span><span data-contrast="auto"> or local ti</span><span data-contrast="auto">me</span><span data-contrast="auto">.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">On top of that, below the configuration window, a dynamic price appears. This allows the client to design a custom-made PortaPivot product while seeing the price being adjusted to the configured setup. Hence, the professional can mind their client's budget while designing—an added value for professionals.   </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span>[/vc_column_text][vc_video link="https://vimeo.com/500351812" align="center" css_animation="fadeIn"][vc_column_text] <h5>Production flow integration</h5> <span data-contrast="auto">Twikit also assisted in the flawless integration of the customizable product range into PortaPivot’s pre-existing production flow through the Twikit technology implementation. The Twikit customization platform holds a rich set of features set to connect to a production flow. Thus, when an order is placed via the configurator, the Twikit software solution transmits the parameters in a structured manner. The manufacturing order contains all the necessary data for production and for managing logistics when sent to an order management system. As a result, Twikit ensures that mass customization is efficient and an added value for both provider and consumer. It allows PortaPivot to handle high-volume orders continuously</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5>Consumers search for customization online</h5> <span data-contrast="auto">Consumers start their search for customization online. Therefore, it is important to create an online presence and a digital platform for your custom product. Together with Twikit, PortaPivot innovated and moved towards new opportunities in the market. They focused on offering a unique customer experience and adding value to their high-end product through customization whilst still serving an international market.   </span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233117":true,"134233118":true}"> </span> <h5><strong>Custom solutions for every business model</strong></h5> <span data-contrast="auto">As customer behavior develops and people turn more to digital points of purchase, consumer-oriented businesses must adapt. They must revise and refresh their business model to fit new industry developments. Implementing an online platform for product customization and switching to a digital manufacturing flow is a valuable solution. With Twikit technology, tapping into custom-products and offering more value to your customers is a logical and simple step. The software can be adjusted to fit your existing supply chain, or the Twikit solutions can assist with the shift to an efficient and cost-effective digital production flow. There is a solution for every business model. Let's make everything personal. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233117":true,"134233118":true}"> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"134233117":true,"134233118":true}"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233117":true,"134233118":true}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">Do you want to offer a next-level customization experience and head towards a digital, on-demand production flow?  </span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233117":true,"134233118":true}"> </span><strong><a href="https://www.twikit.com/contact/">Get in touch with us</a>. </strong>[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class="boxed"][vc_column css_animation="fadeIn"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5" css=".vc_custom_1590501898363{padding-left: 30px !important;}"][twkt_button text="Go back to overview" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.twikit.com%2Fcompany%2Fnewsroom%2F|title:Newsroom||"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="64"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Use case MINI Yours   To stand out from the competition and ordinary factory line options, car brands seek more complex customization options beyond paint color and seat materials. With new technologies like 3D printing, lasercutting, and CNC, car parts can have advanced customization. MINI offered next level car individualization through an online platform where [...]
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