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3D printers…here to stay or passing trend?
You may have heard a lot about 3D printers recently, but what are they and what do they do?
3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The 3D object is created by using the additive process, this means laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.
So how does it work?
To begin, you need to create a virtual design of the object that you want to create. This can either be scanned by a 3D scanner to become a Computer Aided Design file, or created using a 3D modeling program.
Once the design is created the 3D modeling program will then slice the final design into hundreds of horizontal layers ready for printing.
As 3D printing is revolutionising the way many businesses work, we’ve named just a few of the advantages below:
1. Rapid Prototyping
Products can quickly go from design to prototype with an in-house 3D printer, speeding up the process and allowing you to discover any problems early.
3D printing provides a wide variety of manufactured products, including customisable products and personalised designs.
3. Greater Confidentiality
Rather than outsourcing for prototype creation, with an in-house 3D printer your new designs or modifications can be kept within the company, meaning there’s less chance for intellectual property being stolen or product leaks.
4. Frequent Prototyping
With a company 3D printer you can alter and change prototypes quickly and easily, ensuring the production process keeps on track.
5. Fewer Manufacturing Errors
By using a 3D printer you are able to iron out any faults or errors that may be within the design. Without the handy use of a 3D printer, the fine tuning of your prototype may not only take a long time, but cost money. And if the faults are missed or not corrected at this stage it could have detrimental consequences both in regards to the product and cost to you.
6. New Shapes and Structures
When producing and manufacturing in the traditional manner you’d be limited to a number of shapes and structures. Now with a 3D printer and it’s ability to create complex objects, the possibilities are endless.
If 3D printers are of interest to you and your company, why not give us a call to discuss your requirements. Simply call 0845 890 1995 to speak to one of our friendly account managers.
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