Products That Need 3D Custom-Fit
In my opinion, products that could benefit from 3D Custom-fit technologies include the following categories:
- Glasses: sports sunglasses, fashion sunglasses, etc
- Sports goggles: ski goggles, motocross goggles, etc
- Respirators masks: mask for medical use, mask sealer, respirators, etc
- Helmets: cycling helmets, motorcycle helmets, skiing helmets, etc
- Work with other electronic systems: VR/AR goggles, helmet for aircraft pilots, EEG (electroencephalogram) devices, etc
The list is definitely not covering all the products that could use 3D Custom-fit technology. I only listed products worn on the head here because we focus on developing products and technologies around the head right now. And I am going to explain why 3D Custom-fit can help to solve the fitting problems and potentially adding new features in designing these products.
Pros and Cons of Current Solution
When people design these wearable gears, they usually solve the fitting problems by setting up a size system, offering S, M, L, XL size, etc. However, manufacturing multiple sizes and handling stocks and logistics require a large amount of money, especially for expansive electronic products like VR/AR goggles. So usually the seller only offers one or two sizes at most. In the end, customers often complain about the products of their sizes are out-of-stock.
Designers often create complicated adjustable structures so the users could adjust the products on their own. This increases the probability of failure and also additional costs for extra parts and assembly fees. And most importantly, this increases the weight of wearable gears, such as the thick foam on the skiing goggles. For some wearable gears, users are very sensitive to the weight.
Advantages of 3D Custom-Fit in Product Design
When we use 3D Custom-fit technology to design wearable products, we can eliminate these problems by creating custom-fitted products. We could use a simpler structure and reduce weight dramatically. We could abandon the size system and adjust products in a stepless fashion. Customers will not be required to figure out what sizes they need.
In theory, 3D Custom-fit technologies should provide better comfort and increase the functionality of the wearable gear. But in practice, there’s a lot of restrictions and factors limit its application. Here, I’ll list some of the things you should consider when start using 3D Custom-fit into products.