The Rise Of 3d Printing And Its Rewards
Whenever there is a discussion on additive manufacturing technology, the mention of 3D printing is a must. Over the years, 3D printing has gained center stage as a production technology across a wide range of industries like consumer goods, automotive, etc.
WHAT IS 3D PRINTING?
3D printing is a fast-emerging technology and a superior process of using digital files to create 3D or three-dimensional solid objects. It is used at different stages and in different realms, offering exceptional results in the production process.
Let’s look at the different ways in which 3D printing can be used in production –
- Product Development & Prototyping
3D printers do an exceptional job at producing product prototypes. These prototypes can be easily altered as per requirements. And the best part, 3D prototypes can also take on complex shapes with minimum effort and maximum results. So the sky is the limit when it comes to using 3D printing for prototyping. To use 3D printing to its optimum levels, companies need to invest in the right infrastructure and build the necessary expertise to use this technology to its full potential.
- Detailed Customisations
3D printing ranks high on its ability to bring about detailed customization in product design. Features can be added or dropped as desired and tweaking is possible to the minutest details which makes it possible for brands to introduce small batches of products with ease and test the market response. Moreover, costs can be kept low and detailed innovations are easier to achieve. Also, based on feedback, further tweaks can be done in the product design to manufacture the most desired products.
- Sustainability in Manufacturing
3D printing has long-standing benefits when it comes to reducing the production of wastes and scrap, which is a positive move towards protecting our environment. More so, additive manufacturing with 3D printing reduces energy usage, thus contributing to a sustainable world and a brighter future.
The future of 3D printing is bright on all levels. A lot can be achieved by using this superior technology and making it an active part of our production technology. To implement it correctly, however, there is a need to develop expertise and know-how so companies can reap maximum benefits of this unique digital technology.
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