3D Printing is a process that allows for the transformation of an idea into a physical, 3-dimensional prototype. The physical prototype is created from a design on a computer file, which is then transformed into a physical product through the process of layering material.
3D printing has become increasingly popular in recent years for all the efficiencies and benefits that it offers over other methods of developing prototypes. Businesses have found that 3D printing can improve and optimise a variety of aspects of their daily operations.
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The speed of 3D printing is an advantageous aspect that separates 3D printing from other methods. The system uses the process of rapid prototyping and makes prototype printing possible in record time. It also allows for changes to be made during the printing process that will not affect the speed of the printing. Historically, prototype printing would take several weeks to achieve, and where adjustments were required, it only added to an already time-consuming process, to produce the most simple of prototypes.
Prototype printing has never been easier than with 3D printing, taking away the necessity to have a full warehouse available, stocked with all the necessary equipment and material, to develop a quality prototype. No longer is there a need to outsource specialist manufacturing parts for the job, or be bound by minimum order requirements to print the prototype that you need. With 3D printing it is possible to print on demand and in record time, always giving you the flexibility to customise the design in the process.
In comparison to CNC Machining and other methods of developing prototypes, 3D printing has proven to be more cost-effective. The reason for this is that other methods involve a variety of complicated machinery to produce the prototype, and as a result too require a greater labour force with the necessary expertise to be able to operate the machinery. 3D printing is far less complicated and labour-intensive.
3D printing also produces minimal waste in that it is created from the foundation of the design on the computer file, and is not carved out of an existing piece of material. In this way, 3D printing has little to no impact on the environment.
3D printing also ensures that your prototype will be of the highest quality. Traditional methods of prototyping were not able to give this guarantee, often resulting in poor designs, errors, and untidy prototypes. Once the design has been perfected, 3D printing can consistently provide you with the exact same print every time.