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3DPRINTUK Case Study: Bloc Blinds

Bloc Blinds is a leading designer and manufacturer of simple, clever and innovative window blinds. Their team uses 3DPRINTUK‘s SLS prints to produce high quality, end-user parts for their unique blind systems.

Overview

Bloc Blinds was founded by Cormac Diamond, an engineering graduate, in 2006. Cormac started out making blinds with a handful of staff in his father-in-law’s shed. After working in Poland for a number of years manufacturing construction equipment, an enquiry from an old employer led him to investigate window blinds.

As an outsider to the window blinds industry, Cormac quickly identified that there was a need for high quality, stylish blinds on the market and set about starting up his company which would become Bloc Blinds.

From a state of the art manufacturing facility in the North of Ireland, Bloc Blinds have a team of dedicated professionals who create precision-cut, made-to-measure blinds quickly and efficiently for customers around the world.

By listening to what their customers want, they have developed award-winning products such as the BlocOut blind, which is the only blind on the market to be independently tested and proven to reduce home heating bills by up to 43% by reducing heat loss through the window.

Bloc Blinds have also developed the revolutionary Fabric Changer Roller Blind, which allows you to change the fabric of your blind quickly, simply and cost-effectively without having to replace your entire blind system.

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Cormac Diamond, Managing Director of Bloc Blinds, accepted an Innovation Award from the Irish Times in 2016.

Project Specifications

CAD Design: Provided by BlocBlinds
Material: SLS Nylon
Polishing: YES
Dyeing: No
Finishing: N/A
Dimensions(mm): 5.7×34.6×22.3
Project cost: Featured part above, cost per unit: £2.38. Price achieved in a nest of 18 units, saving £2.12 per unit.

 

Bloc Blinds Parts
Two parts for Bloc Blinds, manufactured in SLS Nylon, and polished using 3DPRINTUK’s vibro-polishing service.

Details

Bloc Blinds use 3DPRINTUK’s SLS prints to produce high quality, end-user parts for their unique, award-winning blind systems. Taking advantage of 3DPRINTUK’s production runs discounts means they can order batches of parts as and when required and achieved a saving of £2.12 per unit, by using a nest of 18 units.

About 3DPRINTUK

3DPRINTUK is an SLS 3D printing service, specialising in low volume batch manufacture of plastic parts using state of the art 3D printing systems. 3DPRINTUK offer an express turnaround and accept orders from 1 to 10,000 parts, with no tooling costs. You can upload the .stl file for your part online, for a free automatic quote, or use the online pricing calculator to estimate the cost of producing your parts before you even start designing.

Find out more about 3DPRINTUK by visiting the company website, and for more case studies like this one, visit the case study archive.

 

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