Company: Untitled No 1
Designing and printing make-up tray prototypes
Developing COVID-19-compliant make-up applicator trays
Untitled No 1 is a start-up based in Gainford, County Durham, aiming to develop 3D-printed make-up applicator trays that can be easily sanitised, helping to reduce COVID-19-related constraints for make-up artists. The trays will allow artists to decant exactly the required amount of make-up (e.g. lipstick, mascara, eye shadow) for one client, for instance as required for bridal make-up or in-store demonstrations. By ensuring make-up is only used for one client, the trays will help to reduce the spread of the virus. This product will also add value to the make-up industry after COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
CPI was approached for expertise and support with formalising the design of a prototype with consideration for scale-up. This work was carried out as part of CPI’s Project IMPACT (Innovative Materials via Precision Additive Coating Technologies), which was part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
An input is a unique capability, service or method of support that was provided, such as equipment or expertise.
- ERDF funding via Project IMPACT
- Access to 3D-printing expertise and facilities
- Literature review of suitable 3D printing methods and materials
An output is the result of the work, such as an experimental finding, an actual product or a pilot demonstrator.
- Computer-aided design (CAD) of a tray, which can be customised for customers’ requirements
- Suitable 3D-printing methods and materials determined
- Next steps before commercial-scale manufacturing identified
An outcome arises from implementing the outputs, for example, a profit, an investment, providing jobs or delivering societal benefits. Outcomes continue once an innovation has been implemented and deliver benefit every year.
- Development of a new manufacturing process
- A new innovative product with market potential
- Designing and printing custom applicators, to be defined pending further discussions
COVID-19 restrictions have impacted industries worldwide, and this has undoubtedly included the make-up industry, where make-up artists are looking for new ways to maintain safety. Although this sector has always followed excellent hygiene regimes, less make-up can now be shared due to the potential of spreading the virus. This has resulted in a need for make-up trays that can be filled with the required amount of make-up for one person.
In order to develop this product, Untitled No 1 needed support to progress with the design of their make-up trays and to determine appropriate materials for 3D printing.
How CPI helped
CPI conducted a literature review to determine potential materials and appropriate 3D printing methods for the make-up trays. These were selected based on the sustainability of the materials (e.g. biodegradable or recyclable), biocompatibility and how they perform with Barbicide, a steriliser commonly used by make-up artists. After examining the advantages and drawbacks of the different methods and materials, two suitable polymer-based 3D printing methods and two sets of materials were shortlisted.
Subsequent steps for Untitled No. 1 will be defined through further discussions. As the cosmetics industry is at an early stage of exploring the potential use of 3D printing, CPI can further support Untitled No 1 in the future. This may include the creation of custom, sustainable applicators. Other plans may include testing the compatibility of materials with sterilisers, refinement of the design and more printing prototypes.