Inside Belkin, Part 1: A Slideshow of Their Facilities, an Industrial Designer's Playground

Inside Belkin, Part 1: A Slideshow of Their Facilities, an Industrial Designer's Playground

A lot of us industrial designers have worked freelance or for smaller consultancies, where we have to send our designs out to subcontractors and wait for prototypes and parts to come back.

The larger design consultancies, or companies like Apple and Belkin, have everything on-site and don’t have to wait for anything.

If (like me) you’ve never worked for the latter type of organization, well, it’s pretty darned cool to see inside one. We recently got a look at Belkin‘s considerable facilities at their headquarters in Playa Vista, Los Angeles, California. Here are the images they’ve allowed us to show you.

3D Lab: Workbenches for Belkin’s staff of modelmakers

3D Lab space: 3D printers (from left to right: FDM machine, multi-material Stratasys EDEN machine, smaller Stratasys printer)

3D Lab: Epilog laser cutter

3D Lab: EDEN machine being prepared for print

3D Lab: Power water jet for removing EDEN support material from 3D models

3D Lab: FDM (fused deposition modeling) machine. This is used to print larger or more structural parts for testing

3D Lab: FDM (fused deposition modeling) machine. This is used to print larger or more structural parts for testing

3D Lab: Paint booth

Photo Stage: Used for still photography and video

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