Mutiny Shaving are a supplier of shaving products that are committed to zero plastic waste; being cruelty free; eco and vegan friendly, whilst containing no harmful chemicals. The company engaged ITERATE through the Welsh Government’s SMART Innovation programme, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. This scheme enables Welsh SMEs to access up to 8 days of fully funded design and/or manufacturing support.
Mutiny Shaving were keen to develop their own razor that could be produced locally and felt that 3D printing was the most sustainable way of achieving this. Existing razors supplied by the company clamped the blade to the handle body using a metal screw thread. Due to print resolution, it was believed that a 3D printed thread would not provide a robust method to lock the blade firmly in place.
“ITERATE provide a refreshing product design perspective and are ever conscious of pragmatic, efficient and intelligent design solutions” Richard Slade, Client Services Director at Brandrefinery
A series of designs were explored through extensive prototyping and testing. The v-shaped neck with a pin and collar locking mechanism proved to be the most accurate and repeatable way of attaching the handle body, whilst firmly holding the razor blade in place. Great care was taken to select three possible 3D print materials: one that was produced from 70% recycled polymer; another that was produced from a high concentrate of wood; and another that incorporated waste from the beer making process.
Within a rapid time frame, a razor design was established that could be produced using Fuse Deposition Modelling (FDM) technology. The razor will have a specified life-time; however, the chosen materials ensure that it can be composted under industrial conditions, making it a far more sustainable option compared to non-recycleable razors on the market. Please click here to find out more about the SMART Innovation programme.