3-D printing technology in packaging is a game-changer due to its ability to provide a quick way to test products and packaging, before they go into full-scale production. It works by squirting molten plastic on to a base and gradually building up a design, by layers.
This innovative technology has also proved that it can play a pivotal role in scaling packaging to new levels of customisation and creativity. US based company, Smart Cups has come up with a range of 3D-printed cups which produce an energy drink when water is added. How? Well, the ingredients of the energy drink are already embedded in the packaging.
Another benefit of 3-D printing is that it can improve manufacturing processes by enabling the rapid prototyping of machine parts. For instance, it can be deployed to produce robotic arms for use in the packaging process, producing in days or weeks what would otherwise take months to complete.