As we enter another year, adding new and exciting manufacturing techniques to your company’s arsenal is the best way to stay ahead of the competition. If you are in the midst of setting your budget for the year, you may be considering cost-saving alternatives that’s available to assist with other ancillary functions of your current supply chain. With that being said, 3D printing services have proved to be remarkably effective at streamlining manufacturing processes and ensuring forward-thinking companies remain on the cutting-edge of on-demand product development.
By adopting the latest 3D printing methods, you can make sure your business is set up for the future. However, it can be a big challenge to bring this rapidly evolving process in-house. Therefore, outsourcing your prototype and small and medium batch product development to an expert team like Additive3D Asia is a surefire way to remain at the front of the pack.
If you’re looking to make this year your company’s most productive yet, consider these advantages when integrating 3D printing services into your business.
1. Faster prototyping cycles
Manufacturing a prototype using techniques of molds and CNC Machining could be costly and require longer lead time which may delay your products go-to marketing strategy. . However, the rise of modern 3D printing services has greatly eliminated our reliance on prototyping using exisiting manufacturing methods as 3D printing can manufacture products according to digital CAD design. Furthermore, with swift advancement of Additive Manufacturing there are many AM processes and materials available to cater with your prototyping needs.
Instead, there has been a global shift to using 3D printing for prototyping, due to its time and cost effectiveness. 3D printing has significantly enhanced the process behind creating a prototype. It’s now possible to develop a precise product that closely matches the final design, while it’s also far easier to make adjustments when necessary.
Backed by this simplified product development process, 3D printing means your company can create its final product far more efficiently. This frees up your workforce to focus on other critical areas, such as marketing, distribution and customer service, leading to a more successful product release.
Furthermore, compared to exisiting manufacturing techniques, 3D printing services are also far more flexible. You can produce extremely customisable products with an array of complex geometries and structures that would otherwise be impossible. From one-off products to small and medium batches, 3D printing services are now a top choice for high-quality production.
2. Simplified assembly process
When it comes to product development, having an effective assembly process delivers incredible savings regarding both time and money. Many leading manufacturers have quickly recognised this fact, as they’ve turned to a variety of 3D printed products to reduce the amount of moving parts on their assembly line.
In our previous article, we’ve discussed how the Wittman Group significantly cut manufacturing costs and lead times using 3D printed robot grippers. The number of parts for the gripper was also significantly reduced from 21 total parts to only 2. Lesser parts lead to fuss-free assembly, which Wittman Group achieved simply by switching their production method to 3D printing. Despite the many benefits 3D printing has brought to this project, not a single defect or failure occurred after 5 million cycles of testing, which correspond with the usual necessary rounds the robot gripper must complete.
By investing in 3D printing technology over traditional molds and tooling, your business can generate massive savings. Meanwhile, production can be markedly expedited by working alongside highly productive CAD files.
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If you’re ready to enter the next great era of manufacturing, utilise the latest 3D printing services with the help of Additive3D Asia’s talented team. We can quickly dispel any common misconceptions about 3D printing, while we’ll also explain how additive manufacturing will take your products to the next level. Get in touch with our expert team today.