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A Tech Enabled Approach to Selecting the Perfect Gift

Above: Papilio and Mobius sample rings in nylon

Every year in January, every retailer and ecommerce sites are bombarded with exchanges and returns from customers due to issues with sizing or style. What if you (the consumer) have a choice of gifts to select from and can try it on before getting it? LACE believes that gifting, whether to yourself or to another, can be an even better experience if you can get the item you love. This Fall, LACE is rolling out its first technology enabled sampling program to better address this ongoing issue.

Introducing the LACE print-on-demand sampling program

“I have been wanting to launch a try-on program for LACE for some time. I have noticed that certain rings sell really well in person, but don't do well online,” said Jenny Wu, founder of LACE. “The feedback I get is that our customers can’t visualize how it would look on their hand. We really want to solve this problem through technology and enhance their shopping experience.”
- Jenny Wu, founder of LACE

“I have been wanting to launch a try-on program for LACE for some time. I have noticed that certain rings sell really well in person, but don't do well online,” said Jenny Wu, founder of LACE. “The feedback I get is that our customers can’t visualize how it would look on their hand. We really want to solve this problem through technology and enhance their shopping experience.”

- Jenny Wu, founder of LACE

Starting in September, customers can order 3D printed ring samples, individually or in a set of 3 samples. LACE will print-to-order the ring samples in Nylon 12 using Formlabs’ Fuse 1 printer featuring Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology. Each ring is produced by sintering layers of fine nylon powder to create the final form. By producing all of the samples in house at their Los Angeles studio, LACE is also able to send out samples quickly and only produce what is ordered. The samples will also be for customers to keep in order to reduce any further back and forth on shipping.

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Technology

Step 1: SLS 3D Printing in Nylon 12 with Formlabs' Fuse 1 Printer

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is an additive manufacturing technology that uses a high-power laser to sinter small particles of polymer powder into a solid piece based on a 3D model. In our application, the SLS 3D printing sinters Nylon-12 powder layer by layer to create our sample pieces. The non-sintered powder supports the printed parts in place as they fuse, so we are able to produce our intricate pieces with no need for printed support structures. As the pieces and supports are printed in the same material, it presents a more reliable and consistent print quality.

Learn more about Formlabs' Fuse 1 Printer.

Step 2: Unpacking the Build Chamber and Excavating Parts at the Fuse Sift Station

After the print is complete, we remove the build chamber from the Fuse 1 Printer and transfer it to the Fuse Sift to excavate the parts. The Fuse Sift is an all-in-one post-processing station which combines part extraction, powder recovery, storage and mixing. When the build chamber is cool down, we can easily break it into parts by hand and remove excess powder with cleaning tools. The integrated vacuum and air filtration system keeps all loose powder contained in the work area to help us drain the excess nylon powder through the sift filter for reuse in the next print.

The LACE Sample Set Options

Starting September 13, customers will be able to order one sample for $3 or a set of 3 for $5 as part of their introductory offering. The price of the samples will be deducted from their future order of a full price item. In addition to the sampling program, this holiday LACE will roll out its first sample gift box where customers can order a beautifully packaged gift box with 3 samples (price starting at $100 up to $500). When you are gifted with a sample box, you can first try on the rings and then order the items you want. The price of the gift box will be deducted from the final order.

“We have been thinking about how to solve a larger industry issue through technology, “ reflected Jenny.
“We hope that this will give our customers more reassurance on their purchases.
- Jenny Wu, founder of LACE

“We have been thinking about how to solve a larger industry issue through technology, “ reflected Jenny. “We hope that this will give our customers more reassurance on their purchases.

- Jenny Wu, founder of LACE

Left: Papilio light ring being extracted out of a bed of nylon powder.
Right: Papilio light ring in silver

The Intorductory Sample Set is available online on 9/13.

Be among the first to experience this tech enabled sampling program. Stay tuned for the up-coming Holiday Gift Box.

Above: Introductory sampling collection in nylon

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