Clear Ear develops novel products that help fight the number one cause of hearing loss and hearing-aid failure worldwide – cerumen (a.k.a. ear wax). They recently finalized a funding campaign to produce the next iteration of their TEC-Home ear cleaning system and needed an appearance model to help support marketing and usability studies. I worked at modifying the solid models, printed rapid prototyped parts and then sanded, filled and painted them to look as a production version of the TEC-Home would.
Facilitating discussions and marketing opportunities with a top-notch appearance model.
To save cost, the parts were built using the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) process, which is more cost-effective than other forms of rapid prototyping, but does not have the same resolution as other forms of rapid prototyping. The surface requires a lot more physical labor to fill and sand until smooth enough to paint. Gloss paint is especially tricky, as any little imperfection will be magnified due to light bouncing off the surface.