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What are the advantages of 3D printing technology?

2024-03-26 16:54

Advantages of 3D printing technology

01. Unlimited design space

Traditional manufacturing technology and craftsmen's ability to create products with limited shapes are limited by the tools used. For example, traditional wood lathes can only produce round objects, rolling mills can only process components assembled with milling cutters, and molding machines can only produce molded shapes. However, 3D printers can break through these limitations, open up a huge design space, and produce products that are difficult or even impossible to process using traditional techniques.

02. Improve 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 because the objects made by 3D printing technology have high temperature resistance, chemical resistance and other properties.  Through various performance tests on the prototypes, the final product design parameters can be improved, greatly shortening the time from design to production. 3D printing speeds up the design process and continuously improves product safety and rational design, ergonomics design, marketing and design, thereby optimizing products before they are fully put into production and creating better products.

03. Diversified production will not increase costs

In terms of traditional manufacturing, the more complex the shape of an object, the higher the manufacturing cost. However, for 3D printers, the cost of manufacturing complex shapes does not increase accordingly. In addition, traditional manufacturing equipment has fewer functions and a limited variety of shapes to produce. A 3D printer can print different shapes, and it can make different shapes of objects every time like a craftsman. This printing method of diversifying manufacturing without increasing costs will fundamentally break the traditional pricing model and change the way our entire manufacturing industry costs are structured.

04. The product does not require assembly

3D printing has the characteristic of integrated forming, which can significantly help reduce labor and transportation costs. Traditional mass production is based on industrial chains and assembly lines.  In modern factories, machines produce the same parts and components, which are then assembled by workers. The more components a product consists of, the longer the supply chain and product line will be, and the more time and cost will be spent on assembly and transportation. However, the integrated forming characteristic of 3D printing eliminates the need for reassembly, thus shortening the supply chain and saving labor and transportation costs.

05. Shorten delivery time

3D printing can be printed according to people's needs, and this instant production will greatly reduce the inventory of enterprises, allowing enterprises to start 3D printers according to the needs of users and create customized products to meet customer needs.  Therefore, new business models will become possible. If the items people need can be produced nearby on demand, this zero-inventory, zero-time delivery production method can also reduce the cost of long-distance transportation.