Glass packaging manufacturer Allied Glass Containers has invested in a new 3D printer and is now offering customers the opportunity to create a bottle from scratch in just hours.

Allied is the first glass packaging company in the UK to make available 3D printing as part of its design service.

The technology gives the company’s team of designers the ability to go from a flat screen to an actual physical bottle, Steve Glover Product Design Engineer at Allied Glass said.

He stated: “The acquisition of our new 3D printer allows our team to bring our design ideas to life, physical prototypes allowing investigation and interaction with the product, so before a bottle is produced our customers can touch it, feel it, turn it and look inside it.

"In essence they can react emotionally to it and fully evaluate it.”