Making Craft Beer More Local, with 3D Printing and PTC Creo

What do a group of Oregon friends do when they’re sitting around drinking beers? Come up with a design for a custom-made pint glass with a replica of Mount Hood in the base along with a plan for using 3D printing to turn the idea into a marketable product.

Image: North Drinkware, via Desktop Engineering

The trio of friends, Nic Ramirez, Matt Capozzi, and Leigh Capozzi started North Drinkware with the idea of making a product connected to the local beer scene in Oregon and the mountains they love. The founders floated their idea for a product on Kickstarter looking for a $15,000 investment to get started and after seven weeks, they had raised almost $500,000, nearly 3,500% over their targeted seed money.

The team leveraged 3D data of Mount Hood from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to begin making 3D models of the pint glass they envisioned, using a Makerbot printer to output prints used to evaluate the optimal shape, size and how it would feel when held in a hand.

[Ed. If you watch the MakerBot-produced video above, you’ll note PTC Creo among the technologies that helped the team create the glass.] PTC Creo’s parametric orientation was critical when the team needed to be more iterative about fine details like the curvature continuous radii on the corners or the contours of the mold that help reduce cracking in the lips of the glasses during the hot popping process, explains North Drinkware cofounder Leigh Capozzi. Read more.