Report: Apple Watch Ultra 2 Could Feature 3D Printed Parts

Report: Apple Watch Ultra 2 Could Feature 3D Printed Parts
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According to renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is set to embrace 3D printing technology for the upcoming Apple Watch Ultra, expected to be unveiled later this year with watchOS 10. Let’s delve into the details of this exciting development.

The Integration of 3D Printing

Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that certain titanium mechanical components of the upcoming Apple Watch Ultra will be produced using 3D printing. This adoption of 3D printing technology aims to streamline production time and reduce costs, representing a leap forward in manufacturing efficiency. However, it’s important to note that other backend procedures of the device will still undergo the traditional computer numerical control (CNC) process.

Report: Apple Watch Ultra 2 Could Feature 3D Printed Parts

Implications for Production and Cost

By incorporating 3D printing into the manufacturing process, Apple anticipates enhanced production efficiency and reduced costs. However, it’s essential to clarify that this adoption of 3D printing doesn’t necessarily mean that the Apple Watch Ultra will become cheaper for consumers.

Partners in 3D Printing

Apple has enlisted the services of reputable suppliers for its 3D printing endeavors. Farsoon and BLT have been chosen as the suppliers of 3D printers, while IPG Photonics is the exclusive supplier of the laser components required for the 3D printing process.

Potential Expansion to Other Products

If the implementation of 3D printing in the production of the Apple Watch Ultra proves successful, Apple is expected to leverage this technique across a broader range of its products in the future.

Release Timeline

Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that the release of the Apple Watch Ultra is likely to occur in the second half of this year, with September being the most probable timeframe alongside the launch of the new iPhones. However, there is a slight possibility of the release happening in October at a separate event.



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