Advantages of 3D Printing in Model Development.
One of the latest manufacturing techniques is 3D printing. During 3d printing layers of the chosen raw material are laid down in succession hence making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model. Although it might take some time before 3d printing replaces the old techniques of manufacturing it has made it possible to achieve the manufacture of highly accurate models. Explained in the paragraphs that follow are some of the positive effects of 3D printing technology.
When compared to the older methods of manufacture, 3d printing technology is by far the fastest method of all. This is greatly advantageous because companies are now in a position to exercise rapid verification and development of design ideas. The known time frame for the full development of prototypes using the old techniques is days and sometimes even months. 3D printing fastens the production period by giving companies the ability to produce functional end parts at low to mid volumes.
Before getting a finished product through the use of traditional manufacturing techniques then you will have to undergo several steps. This multiple process manufacturing is more likely to making errors. On the other hand, 3D printing allows the manufacturer to accomplish the same in single step manufacture. This new technology reduces the monotonous dependence on old manufacturing processes and enables the designer to have firmer control over the final product.
Material costs, machine operation costs, and labor costs are the three main subdivisions of the cost of manufacture. The next benefit that comes with the use of 3D technology it cuts down on the cost of manufacture. For instance, most desktop 3D printers consume the energy of a normal laptop and despite the high energy needs of the industrial additive manufacturing technologies, their ability to produce complex geometries in a single step masters higher efficiency. Due to this, 3D printing is a cost-efficient and viable manufacturing technique for companies looking to cut down on production costs.
Another benefit that comes with 3D printing technology is risk mitigation. It gives companies the ability to print a production-ready prototype before they can proceed to invest in expensive manufacturing equipment such as molds, tooling, and jigs. This saves the company from having to make costly changes to a faulty prototype and also helps build confidence in one’s design before large investments such as mass production are made.
Lastly, 3D printing gives the designer freedom in complexity and design. The traditional manufacturing limitations do not apply to 3D printing technology. It allows for the manipulation of minute details in the manufacturing process.