Advantages of 3D Printing

Advantages of 3D Printing

Posted on November 7, 2017Innovative Plastics Team

3D printing3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. It is becoming a popular technique used for manufacturing some products because it allows complex (functional) shapes to be produced using less material than traditional manufacturing methods. Take a look at these advantages of 3D printing to see where and when it might make sense for you to implement 3D printing for your product.

Speed: 3D printing is fast. The speed at which parts can be produced compared to traditional manufacturing methods is greatly increased. Complex designs can be uploaded from a CAD model and printed in a few hours.

Manufacturing Ease: Products can be completely a built in one step, with no interaction from the machine operator during the build phase. The finished design can be uploaded to the machine and printed in one step in a couple of hours.

Cost: The low cost of labor is very low with 3D printing. Most 3D printers only require an operator to press a button. The machine then produces the part through an automated process. Compared to traditional manufacturing, where machinists and operators are typically required, the labor costs for a 3D printer are almost zero.

Design and Customization: 3D printing allows for more design freedom since components are constructed one layer at a time. It also allows complete customization of designs because 3D printing builds single parts at one time.

Sustainability:  When producing a part with 3D printing, generally there is only one material needed. Most processes use raw materials that can be recycled and re-used in more than one build, resulting in very little waste

Although 3D printing has many advantages, is unlikely to replace many traditional manufacturing methods.  There are many applications where a 3D printer is able to deliver a design quickly, with high accuracy from a functional material. Understanding the advantages of 3D printing will help you know if this process is right for your product. If you have a need for 3D printing or want to know more, contact us today!