Canary: Iterate on Ideas and Bring Products to Market Faster - MakerBot Case Study

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Posted on July 11 2017

How Canary Accelerates Iterative Design

From Crowdfunding Campaign to Industry Leader

MakerBot’s connected solutions are a powerful, cost-effective advantage for startups that need to bring better products to market faster and aggressively expand. In less than three years, the home security startup, Canary has gone from raising nearly 2 million dollars as one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns on Indiegogo to disrupting the home security industry with two innovative, all-in-one security devices.

To stay competitive, it needed a comprehensive rapid prototyping solution that could accelerate iteration and address the wider needs of its engineers and designers. As a result, it brought on two MakerBot Replicator+ Desktop 3D Printers, one MakerBot Replicator Mini+ 3D Printer, and the MakerBot Slate Gray Tough PLA Filament Bundle. By combining these products with the MakerBot Print software and MakerBot Mobile app, Canary can accelerate iteration, test ideas, quickly make design decisions, and bring better products to market faster.
The Difference of MakerBot’s Connected Solutions

“At Canary, we pride ourselves on working quickly and focusing on design so we spend a lot of time prototyping” says CEO and Co-Founder of Canary, Adam Sager. In the lead-up to finalizing the Canary Flex for September 2016, the company was prototyping with the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer as well as Stratasys’ Objet and Fortus Industrial 3D Printers. The Replicator 2X could print dual-color ABS prototypes while the industrial 3D printers could print closer-to-production ready prototypes, albeit at a higher cost.

Even with higher-end 3D printers, Canary needed MakerBot’s more comprehensive, cost-effective solutions because they’re designed for the wider needs of professionals. They streamline iterative development, enable high-quality concept modeling, and allow for functional testing all while being easy to integrate.

With these solutions, Canary’s designers can quickly evolve designs with iterative prototypes while its engineers can better test designs for reliability, fit, function, and manufacturability. As 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.”

With these new MakerBot solutions, Canary could rapidly develop the accessories for the Canary Flex as well as any other products planned in the more distant future.

Click here to read more about Canary and how they utilized 3D printing to expand their business with rapid prototyping on the MakerBot Replicator+

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