The Australian company Volta, together with an Italian collective Metafora Design, has created a cable designed and printed with the Zortrax 3D printer.
Volta Spark is a universal charging cable that will come in handy for anyone who owns any electrical device. Although cables with interchangeable tips already exist on the market, manufacturers and designers declare that none of them is so resistant to damages as this new design. Made with ultra-strong, tangle-free military-grade nylon, this cable is 10 times more durable than other market offers and comes with a lifetime warranty. The benefits of the cable have been outlined by the community of Indiegogo.com crowdfunding website.
Volta Metafora Design had 3 months to design a perfect cable that would allow the connection of tips adapted to different devices with the help of magnets. The studio goal was to create a solution that would be both convenient and elegant. Due to the specificity of the project, it would be difficult to assess its functionality without 3D printing the prototypes.
“We knew that the use of a 3D printer is necessary to properly assess the proportions of the final product. When creating our first concept, everything seemed to be perfectly calculated, but printing the element revealed up to 4 mm of oversize. This is a huge error for such a project. Initially, the client wasn’t inclined to print and test all the elements because of potentially high costs. However, printing prototypes for this project can be completed on a desktop printer that minimizes the costs and provides an irreplaceable help in the design process,” says one of the Co-founders from Metafora Design.
All the prototypes of the device were made on Zortrax printers. The original prototype was printed on the M200 Plus printer with Zortrax Z-HIPS and Z-PLA Pro filament. This print helped the designers introduce changes and refine their design quickly. The final prototype was made on the Zortrax Inkspire resin printer.
Designers’ skills combined with the appropriate tools allowed for the creation of a unique device.
Placing magnet tips in Volta Spark enables users to conveniently switch the cable between the devices, whenever they need to charge them. Thanks to high durability and a lifetime warranty of the product, the customers can rely on the cable to always be ready to charge their devices, which is crucial in today’s digitized world. The Volta Spark is compatible with Apple MacBook Pro, iPhones, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel XL, or any micro USB devices.
The cable is currently in mass production and will soon be available for regular online sale.