GEMSTAR™ Custom Hard Cases Implements 3D Printing Technology to Enhance Design Capabilities, Improve Product Development Turn-Around

3D Printing Technology

Cannon Falls, MN—March 9, 2016—GEMSTAR™ Custom Hard Cases has implemented 3D printing technology capabilities, enabling quick prototyping and customization testing for new case designs. The Stratasys 3D printer allows GEMSTAR to effectively build new case components and quickly make design changes and alternations in as little as one hour.

The first project on the machine, a prototype for a new Sentinel® case model was developed in a fraction of the typical time required for a new case design. GEMSTAR grew the case and its latching and handle hardware on the printer. An engineering review identified areas for improvement and the team was able to quickly make design changes and grow new versions of each component in a short amount of time, significantly saving on costs and time.

“The 3D printer fits well into our focus of engineering custom case solutions, as it allows us to test prototypes for feasibility early in the design stage,” said Mark Hedin, president, GEMSTAR. “By quickly moving from conceptualization to implementation, without any costly mistakes or inaccuracies, the 3D printer has assisted in a more efficient and streamlined design process.”

GEMSTAR custom hard cases are available in a wide variety of standard sizes and options, with semi-custom and complete custom engineering and fabrication capabilities. With multiple interior foam options, such as cosmetic flocking and anti-static, and exterior options, such as name plates and logos, GEMSTAR can design and prototype cases to exact specifications.

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About GEMSTAR Manufacturing

GEMSTAR™ Manufacturing has been a leading manufacturer of custom plastic parts and industrial cases since 1964 and operates under two business unit brands. GEMSTAR Formed Plastic Components provides custom fabrication and contract manufacturing for plastic parts and assemblies. GEMSTAR Custom Hard Cases offers three rugged case platforms: Sentinel®, VersaPro® and Stronghold®. For more information, visit

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