Why 3D Printing?

Is design taking the front seat in your production process? Or are you bound by slow prototyping and older manufacturing processes? Creating your prototype or part requires less training and planning with 3D printing. Now you can prototype and manufacture right in your office, even on your desk.

There are three major advantages right off the bat:

  1. More Design Time
  2. Less Scheduling Issues
  3. Faster Results

Imagine you need a square part with a diagonal hole through it. With 3D printing’s material layering functionality, you won’t have to worry about how complex you are making your part. This graphic compares the process you’d have to consider while designing for a CNC machine. 

Figure 1: Graphic from 3DHubs compares design process of 3D printing vs. traditional manufacturing

Though this hypothetical part wouldn’t need all these steps, according to Formlabs 3D printing can cut your lead time by days or even weeks. Then, if you need to make changes, you don’t have to start at the beginning of that previous timeline. Simply adjust your design and press start.

There’s so much more to know about 3D printing. In future articles we will discuss different processes.

Check out our 3D printing line or call us at 800-370-3750 for more information today.