The 3D printing technology is marching ahead indeed. The technology that was hitherto used for the prototyping purposes has now moved ahead to become one of the prominent mass production options as well. Of course, as per the current trends, the CNC machining has an upper hand over the 3D printing, but still, the technology has been gathering support and set to emerge as one of the prominent manufacturing processes quite soon.
There are a few ways that have been instrumental in making 3D printing one of the predominant manufacturing process. Some of the ways that it can help you transform your processes can be summarised as in the following paragraphs.
#1 Develop Your Products Faster
3D printing has been instrumental in prototyping in its early days. In fact, designing a new product, prototyping it and then producing it a quite time-consuming process in every right. 3D Printing changes all that.
Prototyping Companies have been involved in rapid prototyping for quite some years now. The latest technological advancements in the arena have been capable of helping the manufacturing companies save both money and time. While the traditional prototyping and manufacturing can take anywhere between four or five months, the 3D printing technology gets it done in just a few hours.
#2 It Helps you become innovative
The traditional manufacturing processes have been restrained by the manufacturing processes. This forces the manufacturers to create the parts separately and then assemble them together. Complex parts can be a huge headache in such scenarios.
3D printing simplifies this task well ahead. It is not constrained by the impediments that the regular manufacturing process is limited to. 3D printer currently available can design any sort of complex and intricate parts rather easily. The lack of multiple components can help you reduce the product weight and thus make it more functional.
#3 Reduced Wastage
The traditional manufacturing processes create a lot of waste. It uses the raw materials in various forms and then several manufacturing processes like milling, machining and other varied processes are applied to arrive at the final component. The waste thus generated does not contribute to the final product and needs to be recycled or destroyed.
3D printing effectively minimises this wastage. It uses only the amount of material that is needed. Any material left unused can be used for the next product. Of course, there would be a little wastage though theoretically, the process should produce zero waste. In any condition, the wastage would not be more than 10 per cent.
#4 Improved Flexibility
3D printing is not limited to any extent through the constraints of the manufacturing process. This would help you be ready for customisation and flexibility as per the customer requirements. The manufacturing companies can take up newer products, or can even test new designs without the need for investing heavily.
The levels of customisation as currently available are limited enough, but with the rapid rate of evolution that the technology has been experiencing – you can look for a high degree of customisation options quite soon.
Those were a few areas that 3D printing can be helpful for the manufacturing process to evolve further. The level of adoption has been a little low with the fact that the technology is new, however, we would definitely look ahead to more manufacturers jumping into the bandwagon.