A designer lamp, earrings or a mobile phone case, a 3D printer can do it all. This technique allows for small runs, custom customization, and complex shapes.
You can start with it yourself, but that takes experience. Outsourcing to 3D printing services therefore it might be a better option. This is also useful because you can instantly request a Online quote CNC too. For a British company this is often the best way to produce parts, which is also the case due to the advantages mentioned below.
What is 3D printing?
Before mentioning the benefits of additive manufacturing for businesses, it is first introduced so that you can learn more about this manufacturing method. 3D printing is a technique in which you create a three-dimensional object with a printer. The object is created layer by layer from materials such as plastic, metal, or concrete. The printer creates the object based on a 3D model, which is a digital description of the object. Printing takes from a few minutes to hours, depending, among other things, on the printing technique and the size of the object.
Small series of products
Injection molding is often too expensive for small quantities due to the required mold or die. However, 3D printing makes a small run of your product possible. It is even possible to print individual parts or customize them for individual customers, which is often called quick build. You do not hereby need to store the product as it prints to order. Because of this, you can save money as you don’t need to buy or rent a massive warehouse.
More complex shapes
Complex shapes, such as cavities in an object, can usually be 3D printed in one go, although support structures may sometimes be required. This is not always possible with common techniques, such as milling. You often have to build your product from multiple separate parts. A complex 3D printed object consists of one part and is therefore more resistant. Not only that, but it will also lead to less material waste, which is often the case with additive manufacturing, as you won’t need to use more material than is necessary.
Eliminate mistakes quickly
You can create a 3D printed prototype of your product quickly and relatively inexpensively with additive manufacturing. In a few hours you will see and feel your product. In this way, you can eliminate errors from your product design. An alternative is to make a mold first and then injection mold a prototype of your product. That’s expensive and you only want to do this when your product design is completely ready, because it takes a lot more time too. On the other hand, the materials for 3D printing prototypes are inexpensive. A 3D printer also creates an object with just the right amount of material, without waste as mentioned above. On top of that, it just doesn’t take as long as injection molding.