Adding desktop 3D printing to your workflow can make a big difference. Concepts and prototypes can be printed in a matter of hours. Multiple iterations produced quickly and cheaply. And complex ideas conveyed through a physical model that team members and stakeholders can see and touch. So which industries have been the first to embrace this powerful technology?
Here's a look 5 ways 3D printing can transform your business by improving productivity, reducing turnaround times, and giving organizations a competitive edge.
It's vital to get your new product to market as quickly as possible. However, rushing the job can result in mistakes or not meeting customer expectations. A 3D printer lets you test iterations in a fast, cost-effective manner, adjust designs at almost no additional cost, and fine-tune your product in a matter of hours -- not weeks.
Design iterations of propellor parts
3D printed and metal cast prototypes
Production efficiency is vital in a business environment -- and time equals money. 3D printing makes it easy to produce jigs, fixtures, and other tooling in a short space of time. This results in less variation during assembly and fitting, faster machine setups, and a smoother production process.
3D printed wheel protector at Volkswagen Autoeuropa plant
Print simple tool organizers to keep your workspace in order
3D printing your manufacturing aids ensures:
3D printing can also be used to produce low-volume, customized end-use parts. This offers greater flexibility, enabling businesses to run small batches of parts without the risks involved of manufacturing a larger batch. There's also scope for "printing on the spot" and creating products for the customer while they wait.
Create bespoke functional designs
Or ramp up with small-batch production
Here are other ways that 3D printing end-use parts can improve your business:
Conveying complex architectural concepts to clients can be a challenge. 3D printing means that early designs can be evaluated, complicated ideas communicated, and striking architectural concepts showcased with ease. Model-making times shrink from months to days, and even complex geometries can be printed, offering architects even greater creative scope.
See designs within a 3D context
Or choose from multiple early-stage concepts
Other advantages include:
3D models mean that medical professionals can bring patient scans to life; identifying exactly what is required prior to performing a procedure. This results in less time under anesthetic for the patient, and reduced costs involved with the operation.
3D models from scan data help when planning surgery
And communicate to patients and students
This personalized approach to healthcare also offers:
Disclaimer: UltiMaker 3D printers are designed and built for Fused Filament Fabrication with UltiMaker engineering thermoplastics within a commercial/business environment. The mixture of precision and speed makes the UltiMaker 3D printers the perfect machine for concept models, functional prototypes and the production of small series. Although we achieved a very high standard in the reproduction of 3D models with the usage of UltiMaker Cura, the user remains responsible to qualify and validate the application of the printed object for its intended use, especially critical for applications in strictly regulated areas like medical devices and aeronautics.