3D Printing Industry Benefits

As far as recent inventions go, the advantages of 3D printing make it one of the most promising technologies for the future. By means of layering material additively, 3D printing opens up a new way in which prototypes, applications and products are created. Compared to conventional manufacturing methods, these additive technologies offer many benefits: Reduction of costs and material waste, as well as avoiding large stocks by producing exactly what the customer ordered – to name just a few. Furthermore, this manufacturing process improves the quality of the product and significantly shortens lead times.

Regardless of the specific application, 3D printing offers rapid turnaround times when it comes to transforming a digital concept into a physical reality inside the user’s hand. As the surrounding technology grows and improves, 3D printers too become increasingly versatile. In the past decade it has already become clear that 3D printers hold virtually limitless potential!

Learn about the main advantages of 3D printing:

Reduce costs and save time

When developing a product, prototypes are typically required in order to cast or shape the desired design. Molds are often cost intensive and – since prototypes rarely are sold themselves – can lead to high expenses. Also, changes to the design can be very expensive and time consuming since the mold has to be redone.

Selective Laser Sintering is a 3D printing technology that eliminates special needs for prototypes, as it allows users to directly print fully functional parts with a high freedom of form – at the exact moment they are needed without the waste of material. While the 3D printing process itself can take some time (depending on the size of the parts), it will speed up development drastically compared to traditional manufacturing.

Stay ahead of the competition

For every industry the goal is to deliver better products in a shorter period of time. 3D printing is a great tool to achieve just that: The life cycle of products is shortened and new products can be improved rapidly. This gives companies a significant competitive advantage since they can develop applications early and create prototypes more frequently until they are ready for production, thereby ensuring a highly effective product launch.

Another exciting aspect of 3D printing is that brands can easily customize their products, as well as offer limited-edition collections. Additive Technologies are ideal for creating one-off pieces and small batch runs because of the reduced upfront costs and minimal reliance on physical labor – factors that drive up order volumes at a traditional factory. 3D printers are very capable for customization that is unattainable through mass manufacturing.

Experiment With New Materials

Another benefit of 3D industrial manufacturing is that the costs and potential for low order volumes make it ideal for testing new materials. Even if 3D printing is not the long-term strategy for a specific product or collection, it’s flexibility allows companies to test new concepts prior to investing in large production runs.

Selective Laser Sintering is offering a variety of materials which can be 3D printed and have great mechanical and structural properties.

More freedom to experiment results in more innovation, less waste (as testing on a specific material can be done prior to mass production), and ultimately greater customer satisfaction.

Confidentiality

Many companies do outsource the production of products and don’t have the machines to even produce prototypes or products inhouse. 3D printing grants an other big advantage, as your innovation never leaves your company, safeguarding your intellectual property.

It is also easy to repeat the results without having to put your trust in the possibly unsteady hand of manual labor. Every innovative design is kept in-house, so there is no need to worry about confidentiality any longer.