Mikael Bergström, founder and chairman of SmartShake.
– This was 2009, I sketched the computer how a smart shaker could look so that you could have loose dietary supplements in cans and bags,” says Mikael Bergström, founder and chairman of SmartShake. “My idea was that the dietary supplements should be in the shaker, just have one thing to keep track of. I wanted to see how the design I made in the computer would work and feel in reality. It’s a crucial difference to seeing a product on a screen and having it in your hand. – Digital Mechanics worked quickly based on my drawings. 3D prints were quite unknown in 2009, they were early on with the technology and helped with material choices and some technical points of view to The prototype would be as similar to my drawings as possible. It took only a few days to produce a prototype. It got right right. SmartShake consists of seven different parts, so precision required in the printouts to fit the parts into a working product. After some minor adjustments I could go to the market,-
present the idea and show the working SmartShake prototype. “My first target group was companies that manufacture or distribute dietary supplements. Interest was really great, so I went on to the sports trade and some grocery chains. Today, 2016, SmartShake is located at Intersport and Stadium, in chains like ICA and Life, and in 90 countries around the world. 3D prints save a lot of effort and money. With a printed prototype in your hand, you will see and feel quickly if everything works as intended. Many companies buy their own cheap printers, but with Digital Mechanics printers you get a completely different precision and high resolution even in small details. – After SmartShake, we have developed more ideas and products with Digital Mechanics. A real-quality prototype is a necessity before moving on to mass production, otherwise it can be both wrong and expensive.
“We served as a ballboard, helped with the choice of materials and technology, so that the prototype became as similar to the final product as possible.”
Anders Sjöberg, Digital Mechanics
SmartShake consists of seven different parts, so precision required in the printouts to fit the parts into a working product.