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The advantages of 3D printing technology

2024-03-12 16:34

01. Infinite design space
Traditional manufacturing techniques and artisans produce products with limited shapes, and the ability to create shapes is limited by the tools used. For example, traditional wooden lathes can only manufacture circular objects, rolling mills can only process components assembled with milling cutters, and mold making machines can only manufacture molded shapes. And 3D printers can break through these limitations, open up huge design space, and manufacture products that are difficult or even impossible to process with traditional techniques.

 

02. Improving product design
A prototype is the initial draft of a product, which helps designers, engineers, and manufacturers conduct multiple repeated inspections to truly experience the appearance and feel of the product. Traditional prototypes are handmade with foam or clay, and concept models are created quickly through 3D printing, so that designers and customers can better communicate with each other. In traditional industrial manufacturing, if a design concept has defects after the product is made, the enterprise needs to bear a large amount of material waste costs. Using 3D printing technology to create conceptual models can quickly adjust the initial design and continuously improve it.

 

In addition to conceptual design, 3D printing is also used to create functional prototypes, as items made using 3D printing technology have inherent properties such as high temperature resistance and chemical corrosion resistance. By conducting various performance tests on the prototypes, the final product design parameters are improved, greatly reducing the time from design to production. 3D printing accelerates the design process, continuously improving product safety and rationality design, ergonomic design, marketing, and design, thereby achieving optimization of products before they are fully put into production and creating better products.

 

03. Diversified production will not increase costs
In traditional manufacturing, the more complex the shape of an object, the higher the manufacturing cost. But for 3D printers, the cost of manufacturing complex shaped items will not increase correspondingly. In addition, traditional manufacturing equipment has fewer functions and produces limited types of item shapes. A 3D printer can print different shapes, and it can create items of different shapes every time like a craftsman. This type of diversified printing without increasing costs will fundamentally break the traditional pricing model and change the way our entire manufacturing industry's costs are composed.

 

04. The product does not require assembly
3D printing has the characteristic of integrated forming, which significantly helps to reduce labor and transportation costs. Traditional large-scale production is built on the basis of industrial chains and assembly lines. In modern chemical plants, machines produce the same components, which are then assembled by workers. The more components a product consists of, the longer the supply chain and product line will be stretched, and the more time and cost will be required for assembly and transportation. The characteristic of integrated 3D printing forming is that it does not require reassembly, thereby shortening the supply chain and saving labor and transportation costs.

 

05. Shorten delivery time
3D printing can print according to people's needs, and this real-time production will greatly reduce the inventory of enterprises, allowing them to start 3D printers according to user needs and manufacture customized products to meet customer needs. Therefore, new business models will become possible. If people can produce the items they need locally as needed, then this zero inventory, zero time delivery production method can also reduce the cost of long-distance transportation.