KITCHENER, Ontario—One of the downsides of developing a state-of-the-art 3D printing platform that can make customizable rubber parts is that, well, you're still making rubber parts.
So, Andrew Finkle asked himself the existential question made famous by the movie "Frozen:" "Do you want to build a snowman?"
"I do a lot of development and testing and I get bored of making just a gasket," said Finkle, the co-founder and chief technology officer of Structur3D, a Kitchener-based additive manufacturing company. "I try to think outside the box and ask, 'What are some interesting ideas?' "
That's why, if you scroll through Structur3D's online photos from its new Inj3ctor platform, you'll see a variety of gaskets, bellows, orthotics and … Disney's famous snowman, Olaf. In silicone form.
"That Olaf, I actually embedded an LED (light) in it with a battery, so you can actually click the Olaf through the silicone and it'll light up," he said.
Finkle isn't necessarily a "Frozen" fan—"I'm sure I will be someday," he said, chuckling—but, like Elsa, he does believe in using his powers to create new cool things out of challenging materials.