With the introduction of the Apple Watch, 3D printing technology will play a significant role in how Apple builds its renowned products.
The Cupertino, California-based corporation is testing the use of 3D printers to construct the steel chassis for its forthcoming smartwatches, according to a report by Mark Gurman of Bloomberg.
In mid-July 2023, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple intended to incorporate 3D-printed titanium mechanical parts for a future Apple Watch Ultra.
The news from Bloomberg comes a day after it was officially announced that Apple will launch the iPhone 15 on September 12.
Apple won’t have to cut through metal plates in order to make the parts it needs because it will use a 3D printer. By using less material, Apple would require less time to produce its clocks while also benefiting the environment. Since Apple’s plan is secret and hasn’t been made public, the aforementioned sources begged to remain anonymous.
The fascinating element of this is that, if everything goes according to plan and Apple is able to produce parts for the Apple Watch using a 3D printer, the company intends to investigate whether it can utilize the technology to produce components for other devices as well or not.
According to the report, this method has been developed and tested by Apple and its suppliers over a three-year period in order to produce steel cases for the Apple Watch Series 9, which will be unveiled on September 12 alongside the second-generation Apple Watch Ultra and the iPhone 15 series.
According to Bloomberg, it’s unclear whether the initial shipments of Apple Watch Series 9 steel devices this year would include 3D-printed casings. The 3D printer will be used by Apple to aid in the manufacture of its titanium Apple Watch Ultra models, but that won’t happen until 2024.