How to Determine if a New Product is Worth Developing with 3D Printing
The 3D printing industry has been growing quickly and is predicted to continue this trend. It is a great way to build prototypes of products that can then be revised before mass production. This blog post will discuss how – through 3D printing – you can determine if your new product idea is worth developing in order to save money and time while having better control over the final product.
How 3D printing can support your product development process
1. Evaluate early-stage ideas
In order to design something new and innovative, there’s no way of knowing if or how well it will work until you actually make them. Yet, when a company wants to create an idea for the first time, it may not have sufficient resources to produce its own prototypes. For smaller businesses in Singapore, this puts them at a disadvantage when it comes to standing out in the market. 3D printing allows companies to overcome this challenge by giving designers a real-life version of the product where they can study its design further. Now, you can check the sizes and proportions of your work to confirm product accuracy before proceeding to the next phase of the product development cycle.
In fact, additive manufacturing can be suitable in producing prototypes for automotive and transportation, maritime as well as in electronics. There are several types of 3D printing technologies to leverage, which include:
- Stereolithography (SLA)
- Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
- Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
- Multi Jet Fusion (MJF)
- Silicone 3D printing
Apart from plastic prototypes, high-quality silicone prototypes are also achievable with reliable 3D printing companies like Additive3D Asia. With 3D printing, it is possible to translate design measurements into something tangible.
2. Correct any design flaws well ahead of schedule
Additionally, the ability to quickly create prototypes from different materials can help you identify issues with your design long after they may be too expensive (and difficult) to fix once fully developed into finished products. You can get quality prototypes that match your design precisely in no less than seven days – a process that would normally take weeks to get through traditional production methods.
Upon receiving your prototypes, your company can assess and compare the 3D-printed designs before making any tool investments.
In the long run, this reduces risk in your overall product development that may otherwise be incurred if testing only took place on paper or computer screens for small businesses. Starting with the right 3D printing application, not only will you enjoy affordability in your Research and Development (R&D), but you can also reduce the need for costly rework later. These cost savings can be carried over to the actual production.
3. Get feedback based on functional prototypes
One of the most difficult parts of product development is determining whether or not your idea will be successful in the marketplace, given all of the factors involved like production costs, market needs and competition.
There’s never been a better time for manufacturers with an idea for a product to use 3D printing as part of the research process to see if there’s enough interest from customers before investing significant resources into developing it. In time-sensitive projects, 3D printing can allow your final products to reach the Singapore market and consumers faster, ultimately enabling you to stay ahead of your competitors.
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Should you require rapid prototyping or low-volume batch manufacturing, 3D printing is also an avenue worth exploring to create multiple iterations of your product in a short time. With a host of benefits to offer, 3D printing guarantees unmatched convenience and reduced expenditures from start to finish throughout your product development stages.
Get a skilled team like Additive3D Asia for 3D printing services to complement your product development process today.