MakerBot, a 3D printing company, was a vital part of the production process in creating the Coolest Cooler. Founded by Ryan Grepper, Coolest Cooler was the most funded Kickstarter campaign of all time until it was topped by Pebble Watch earlier this year. Coolest raised over $13 million from backers and is now in the process of shipping backer rewards: thousands of tricked out coolers.
3D printing has become an invaluable step in the manufacturing process as design times can be accelerated with rapid iterations and prototyping. As we all know saving time means saving money.
A Makerbot representative recently shared with Crowdfund Insider;
“The Coolest is Ryan’s answer to the shortcomings of all other coolers. Ryan believes that bringing a product to market involves constantly changing the design. For him, 3D printing was invaluable for speeding up the design process. For an independent inventor like Ryan, the cost of 3D printing against any other prototyping process is a huge saving of hundreds or even thousands of dollars. For a product that relied on crowdfunding, cost-saving was key.”
Grepper was interviewed as part of the MakerBot Stories series. The video is embedded below.
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