WHY 3D PRINTING?
The Benefits Of Using 3D Printing In Engineering & Manufacturing
Engineering and Manufacturing are two of the key industries that 3D printing plays a huge part in. Whether that’s prototyping, small production runs, customized or bespoke manufacturing or replacement parts – 3D printing helps manufacturers and engineers save time and money.
There are a number of ways 3D printing can be incorporated into engineering and manufacturing:
Getting things injection molded or sent over from abroad can be expensive and time consuming. Using 3D printing allows you to save money and reduce lead times. Not only does this save money, but it also allows products to be launched and innovation to take place quicker.
Small Production Runs
Sometimes manufacturers want to produce a small batch of items where their normal manufacturing method just isn’t cost effective. Additive manufacturing allows you to carry out these small product runs profitably.
Bespoke Products & Customization
Whereas traditionally it can often be too expensive to add customization to products, one of the key advantages to additive manufacturing is that complexity is free. This allows you to produce items to size, or even with built in branding, without adding to the cost of the end product.
There are a number of reasons why you would want to 3D print replacement parts. It reduces wastage, as every part printed on demand will be used. It can also save money on certain manufacturing processed, whereas the production of a single part isn’t cost effective. Finally as 3D printing is adopted more and more, the ability to 3D print replacement parts is a key selling point.