Before, many manufacturers were designing with the help of CNC machining etc. Nowadays, many manufacturers are already doing it through 3D printing. 3D printing is one of the best manufacturing processes today, and why is it so, because it has some advantages that traditional manufacturing cannot give.
- Freedom of design
Thanks to the layered construction method and the simple removal of supports, it is possible to create very complex shapes that cannot be produced by traditional methods. In fact, sometimes the support structure is not even needed, depending entirely on the complexity of the product being created. However, in general, you do have a lot of freedom when designing the parts that will be produced with the help of a 3D printer.
- Low start-up costs
This is because 3D printing has little or no start-up costs. In other words, you don’t have to produce large batches at a time. This is why 3D printing is often used to produce prototypes. Especially when you compare additive manufacturing to other production techniques like injection molding, you’ll see why 3D printing is a great process.
- Reduce the cost of 3D printing
In some cases, customers will end up choosing traditional techniques such as injection molding. This can also be a very logical decision. But even then, 3D printing can be very interesting in the start-up process. In the early stages, modifications and fit checks can be made, thus reducing the potential cost of failure. You can do this by creating prototypes before you actually start producing large quantities of parts. Of course, test the prototype to see how you can improve the product.
- Inventory reduction and digital inventory
Thanks to 3D printing, a rapid production method, large inventories are no longer needed. As a result, inventory can be reduced or even taken over completely by digital inventory. This has several advantages. For example, you no longer need a warehouse, or it can at least be much smaller than before you started using 3D printing. Again, this will result in lower costs, so you can save more money.
- Custom 3D printed parts
Since you use digital files when producing parts using 3D printing, it is easy to make changes. So, for example, it doesn’t matter if the same series or collection has specific adjustments at the model level, think about names, numbers, colors, technical adjustments, etc. Thus, you can customize your products and at the same time you can personalize them. Nowadays, customers really appreciate it when they can personalize their products.