When global product development firm Cambridge Consultants were developing the i-dration water bottle, the company challenged us to find creative solutions for this innovative product. The client wanted a working, watertight drinking bottle that would house batteries and LED lights within the base and give a pleasing light effect through the windows in the bottle.
We grew this water bottle in two parts on our in-house Viper SLA machine, which allowed us to vacuum cast the bottle in a clear PU resin, allowing the top and bottom to be bonded together for a watertight seal. The assembled body was then sprayed with a soft-feel paint, with the windows masked off.
The drinking nozzle and the ridged base were vacuum cast in a self-coloured flexible PU and united with the bottle. The last element of this prototype was the CNC-machined aluminium cap. We made a second production in a different colour way – the two prototypes worked beautifully. Another satisfied customer.