3D printing technology reduces a considerable number of parts in the manufacturing process, promoting integrated manufacturing

3D printing technology reduces a considerable number of parts in the manufacturing process, promoting integrated manufacturing

The emergence of 3D printing technology can allow people to reduce a considerable number of parts in the manufacturing process, while also promoting the integrated manufacturing of parts.

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In a rocket engine, 80 parts can be reduced to 3. Still, the public doesn't seem to know why reducing the number of parts is so beneficial to the final product and manufacturing.

In general, if the total number of parts in an assembly is reduced, we can see countless advantages. For example, the final part can efficiently produce higher performance parts by saving fasteners, glue and material. Fewer fasteners and functional parts mean that the overall weight of the part will be lower. The advent of integration has also changed manufacturing methods in several ways: 3D printing parts at lower cost, making them in less machine time.

In addition, 3D printing technology iterative designs will be cheaper and faster to change or develop new designs. For example, the space required to store parts sets is reduced to the storage space of individual parts, and all parts can be made individually for better integration rather than discrete work. Overall, fewer parts also reduce costs by reducing many other variables, such as less surface area and less overall post-treatment surface, less processing costs, and less machine working time.

The overall impact of the reduced number of components through reduced material consumption will be more complex. For example, removing fasteners, integrating and changing the shape of a part can radically change the shape of the part. Transportation costs are also reduced due to 3D printing technology with fewer parts, lighter weight, and centralized manufacturing. Fewer materials, transportation and machine time may also lead to lower emissions and lower energy consumption, thereby increasing overall sustainability; fewer parts, tools, materials and overall lower storage costs, greatly reducing storage time, plant storage area and associated ancillary costs.

Fewer parts means less service costs, and it takes less time to replace parts, resulting in less overall downtime and therefore lower maintenance costs.
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