The emergence of 3D printing has become a game-changer in the business landscape, particularly in the manufacturing industry.
If you do not know much about this, 3D printing is the process of building a three-dimensional object from a computer-aided design model. This is made possible through what is known as additive manufacturing by successively adding materials layer by layer until the object is formed. Think about prosthetic limbs, real estate home miniatures, designing foods, tactile maps, and surgery models––all brought to life through 3D printing!
With the advancement of technology, 3D printing has significantly impacted the manufacturing industry. That said, here are four ways by which 3D printing technology contributes to changes in the industry.
1. It leads to many design possibilities
Know that the world of manufacturing has its fair share of limitations. Even when it comes to design, additive manufacturing is often confronted with various process restrictions. This limitation, however, can be surpassed through the application of various manufacturing techniques, and this is where 3D printing comes into the picture.
3D printing allows a model design to be split into multiple parts. On the other hand, an object with a complex structure can be created from a single piece. That said, this technology leads to many design possibilities in the manufacturing industry.
2. It creates custom-built products
As mentioned above, 3D printing technology enables companies to come up with a vast array of designs seamlessly. For this reason, businesses can create customised products so that they can specifically cater to consumer needs by using 3D printing technology. For instance, you can produce prosthetic limbs that fit exactly to the remaining limbs of the amputees. Over time, you’ll see how this technology will be more customised and versatile.
3. It utilises more recycled materials
What’s great about 3D printing technology is how it can accept recycled materials easily. Provided that it’s properly prepared, these recycled materials can be repurposed and won’t be put to waste. For instance, you can break down ordinary waste from your manufacturing materials to create your own model, instead of ordering.
Today, some companies have started using recycled plastics for their raw materials by using 3D printing technology. Overall, doing so can help you save money and resources in the long run.
4. It consists of easy replacement parts
With the general acceptance of 3D printing technology, there is now a wide range of printers available in the market. What’s good about these machines is that they are now designed with 3D-printed parts, meaning that these parts can be easily integrated into machines or replaced with any compatible 3D printer.
For instance, products that are intended for industrial use can now be shipped with digital blueprints of various parts. This allows the end-users to replace the parts themselves, instead of ordering from a manufacturer.
There’s no doubt that more and more companies are now taking advantage of 3D printing, given its versatility and cost-effectiveness. This technology leads to various manufacturing opportunities as expounded above — many design possibilities, custom-built products, use of more recycled materials, and easy replacement parts. All these valuable features of 3D printing can help take the manufacturing industry to the next level.