Times have changed, and those people that had the chance to handle technology ten years ago know that the progress has been so rapid. One of the top changes in technology is the use of 3D in rapid prototyping. Today we look at the benefits of this technology, and see why you need to invest in it.
If you need to manufacture things faster, then go for 3D printing. You can print the concept the same day it was designed, a factor that makes prototyping easier and fast. This helps you stay way ahead of the competition.
The 3D equipment and associated supplies are expensive, but they soon pay out on the investment and allow you to make items at a lower cost than ever before. Step aside traditional machining; a better process is in town!
Machining processes are rife with risk, especially if you are handling a new product that you wish to introduce to the market. With 3D printing, you work with a model that reduces any risks that you have. You work confidently knowing the final product will be what you want.
Remember it is much cheaper to reset a model on a computer than coming up with a new mould for machining purposes.
You also reduce the risk because you have a conceptual picture of the product you wish to deliver. You can come up with a test product and hold it in hand, and check out its feel and capability before going ahead to manufacture thousands more.
To mitigate the risk further, you can present the model to potential users before rolling it out to the market. You can test the market on various trade shows or other online platforms that give you a chance to pitch your idea to the market. Getting buyer feedback reduces the risk of selling something that the buyer will not want, and it is a good way to verify that the product has the potential you need.
The speed at which the 3D printer produces the items you want is faster than traditional machining. Make sure you get the right printer though because some are meant for home use while some make it possible to use in your manufacturing business.
You need to move with the times as a business. One way to do this is to integrate 3D printing in your business model.