Imagine a world where everything is printable: a world without any shortage. This may seem impossible, but with the development of 3D printing technology, this vision may come true sometime in the future. I’m sure we’re no strangers to the concept of 3D printing by now; 3D printing and its 3D printing technology have been around since the 1980s.
To some extent it seems that 3D printing is still the more expensive technology. Initially, due to the difficulty of developing materials for additive manufacturing and the small amount of usage, it led to the embarrassing situation of high manufacturing cost of 3D printing and low manufacturing efficiency. Nowadays, with the advancement of technology, the production cost of 3D printing has been greatly reduced and the manufacturing efficiency has been improving.
Industry enthusiasts are having strong conversations about the future of 3D printing compared to the well-developed traditional manufacturing. The topic of discussion for each is “Can 3D printing replace traditional manufacturing?
1. Waste Prevention
For most companies in traditional manufacturing, waste is a lingering nightmare. In some cases, wasted resources not only affect the final output, but can also cause huge losses. This waste is virtually non-existent in 3D printing, where the 3D printing materials used are extruded through an extruder and ultimately make up the finished product. 3D printing does not have to eliminate trimmings, improving material utilization and reducing costs by doing away with production lines.
Unlike traditional manufacturing, which is forced to overproduce for a variety of reasons that can result in huge waste in the long run, 3D printing allows you to produce the amount you need without any loss.
2. Prototype production is simple
Drawing complex manufacturing designs can be a daunting process. Despite all the work that goes into it, it still doesn’t come out the way it was originally set up. Endless redesigns and modifications leave you with no more passion to put into it. 3D printing, on the other hand, is more flexible than traditional manufacturing. 3D printing does not require traditional tools, fixtures, machine tools or any molds to directly generate a physical product from a computer’s 3D CAD drawing of any shape.
The manufacturing process of 3D printing is more automated and does not require strict manual input compared to traditional manufacturing. After selecting the material and pressing the “Print” button, the project will be completed in a seamless manner. When the 3D printer fails, it automatically stops the printing operation, thus avoiding unnecessary injuries and damage to production equipment.
Until now, the number of goods tailored to individual personalization has been limited. However, with 3D printing, custom designs can be printed in large quantities at no additional cost.