3D printing is on the rise, and the impact it has is not only at the consumer level. In fact, 3D printing as a method of manufacturing is influencing larger industries — aerospace, automotive, and medical, to name a few — and it is not going anywhere. 79% of surveyed companies anticipate that their use of 3D printing when it comes to goods and parts will increase 100% within the next few years. In comparison, traditional manufacturing methods now seem expensive, timely, and overall outdated. Let us briefly examine some of the ways that 3D printing is revolutionizing the manufacturing industry.
Quicker Product Development
3D printing speeds up the product development process across the board — from rapid prototyping to mass creation. This means that the timeline for getting your product out to the consumer is shortened vastly. Engineers and designers do not have to suffer long wait times to see a prototype, make necessary adjustments, and make the next prototype. Once a design has been settled upon, it no longer takes weeks or months to make and test products. Not only could 3D printing create a product, should you need to, but it can manufacture a machine that creates a product for you. You no longer need depend on unreliable deliveries and products. The scalability of this type of manufacturing is unmatched.
Customization at a Lower Cost
With 3D printing, individuals or businesses can receive consistently high-quality products at a fraction of the cost of other methods of manufacturing. As the level of production volume increases more and more and processes are computerized, the overall cost of production severely drops. This means that, with less chance of human error and at a much higher pace, you achieve cost-effective products. You can also receive customized products at a much lower cost than you would generally be able to get. The trial-and-error process that comes with prototyping is sped up, and we all know that time is money.
With other types of manufacturing, you are often using so much more product to create your result. 3D printing is additive in nature, as opposed to subtractive — you are not carving away at a block of metal to get the small part of it that you need in the shape that you need, leaving a large amount of unused waste. The amount of carbon produced while 3D printing is lower, especially when you work with a company that prioritizes being environmentally friendly. Printing materials can also be reused instead of thrown into the trash. 3D printing is a step forward in reducing the negative effects we have on this planet.
To learn more about how 3D printing is changing the manufacturing industry, or to gain information about getting yourself or your business involved in 3D printing services, please get in touch with the professionals at Paradigm Manufacturing.