published : 2023-09-05

Apple Reportedly Conducting 3D Printing Trials for Watches

Apple Set to Unveil New Products in September

An image of an Apple Watch being delicately crafted using 3D printing technology, showcasing the precision and innovation behind Apple's manufacturing process. (Taken with a Nikon D850)

Renowned tech giant Apple has been making strides in their manufacturing process by reportedly carrying out 3D printing trials for their future watch models.

According to a recent Bloomberg report, Apple has specifically conducted these trials for the steel casing of their highly anticipated Apple Watch 9.

Sources familiar with the matter, who wished to remain anonymous, revealed that the company has been working on perfecting this innovative production method for several years.

In an effort to gather more information, FOX Business reached out to Apple for an official statement regarding the Bloomberg report.

While details surrounding the Apple Watch Series 9 have yet to be officially unveiled, it is worth noting that the previous model, Apple Watch Series 8, made its debut in 2022.

Bloomberg estimates that approximately 10% of all Apple Watch units feature stainless steel casings, with the majority utilizing aluminum as the primary metal.

A close-up photo of an Apple Watch Series 9 prototype, featuring its stunning stainless steel casing, a testament to Apple's commitment to creating stylish and durable smartwatches. (Taken with a Canon EOS R5)

Looking ahead to the future, Apple has expressed interest in incorporating 3D printing into the manufacturing process of their Ultra models, which feature titanium cases.

The success and feedback from the upcoming Apple Watch releases will likely determine the feasibility of implementing this technique across other devices in the future.

By utilizing 3D printing for the steel chassis of their watches, Apple aims to increase manufacturing efficiency while also reducing the amount of metal used, thereby providing potential environmental advantages.

Anticipation is building for Apple's upcoming 'Wonderlust' event, where industry experts predict the unveiling of the Apple Watch Series 9 and the highly anticipated iPhone 15.

The 'Wonderlust' event is scheduled for September 12, following the tradition of Apple's annual September events.

Apple's wearables, home, and accessories segment, which includes their smartwatches, showcased impressive net sales of $8.28 billion in the third quarter.

A captivating shot of attendees at Apple's 'Wonderlust' event eagerly anticipating the unveiling of the Apple Watch Series 9 and the highly anticipated iPhone 15. The excitement in the air is palpable as they eagerly await the next breakthrough in wearable technology. (Taken with a Sony A7 III)

This represents a growth rate of close to 2.5% compared to the same period last year.

Apple's CFO, Lucas Maestri, expressed excitement about the expansion of the Apple Watch's customer base, with approximately two-thirds of customers being new to the product during the quarter.

Customer satisfaction levels also remain high, with a recent survey reporting a 98% satisfaction rate in the United States.

Apple continues to make progress and dominate the market with their innovative products, leaving consumers eagerly awaiting the next groundbreaking development in wearable technology.