Divion – Modeled mannequin samples for the most important Italian companies in the sector
3D printing technology for visual retail with time and cost savings
DIVION srl is an Innovative Startup that deals with activities ranging from mechanical design to mould design, from Cad-Cam-CNC training courses to service for companies that need support, from 3D scanning to reverse engineering and 3D printing. This company from Carpi (MO) offers a full package: starting from the initial idea, DIVION follows the customer up to the finished and industrialized product.
One of Divion’s core businesses is visual retail, and its samples of modeled mannequins for the most important companies in the sector are 3D printed. The idea of using additive technology was born with the company, when it was founded in 2016.
With Formlabs, Divion 3D prints the details of its modeled mannequins.
Initially Divion started working with an external print service, but they soon decided they preferred to have all the necessary technology in-house. After buying a large FDM printer, they chose for a Formlabs Form 2 and Form 3 to produce the detailed parts of the mannequins (hands, feet, faces).
Stefano Bompani (see picture), founding partner of Divion, explains that in many companies, the master for the resin or wooden mannequins is still produced by a sculptor, and then the fiberglass mould is made. This procedure takes at least 5 weeks. Thanks to new technologies, starting from a basic 3D model, which is modeled according to the customer’s requests and needs, the mannequin is directly printed in 3D.
This has made it possible to reduce the time to a maximum of 5 days!
In Divion’s case, the FDM printer is used to make the bulky parts that still need finishing and painting. For the creation of the pieces with SLA technology, instead, they first choose the most suitable type of resin, optimize the file and launch the print: the dedicated software does 80% of the work and often the obtained piece does not even need sanding.
What are the future prospects for 3D printing?
For Divion, which is active in many sectors, visual retail is only one of the sectors in which 3D printing is used. The associates, who have a long workshop experience, predict that by 2025 3D printing technology could replace milling cutters. But this will depend on the study of materials in the coming years.
The partnership with 3DZ was born after the test print of a hand for a mannequin.
First Divion had turned to other competitors, but the result obtained with Form 2 and then Form3 was the one that came closest to their needs.
Divion’s experience with the world of 3D printing, explains Stefano Bompani, is definitely positive, mainly for having personally verified the multiple application possibilities, the advantageous time / cost ratio, as well as the rapid return on initial investment.
The satisfaction and willingness to continue to innovate is confirmed by the new order of a new 3D printer, Form 3L by Formlabs. Compared to Form 3, this printer offers five times the print volume and twice the laser power.