What is Short-Run Production?
The traditional method of manufacturing is a long and tedious process. Many times, printing thousands of pieces is required before traditional manufacturing becomes cost efficient. Furthermore, time and money is invested into creating the perfect mould. But what about businesses with a small and niche client base? This is when additive manufacturing comes to play in short-run production.
With 3D printing, you are able to control the product quantity easily. There is no need for expensive moulds. Without moulds, you can feel free to make alterations to your design at any time, if the need arises. As a result, 3D printing is great for product testing! It is a perfect solution for producing a relatively small quantity of parts.
Key Benefits of Short-Run Production
- Smaller Quantity of Parts
- Reduced Lead Time
- Reduced Cost
- Freedom of Design
Choose Your Preferred Short-Run Production Process
Short for Fused Deposition Modeling, FDM is one of the most commonly adopted additive manufacturing technologies today due to its low cost and efficiency.
Stereolithography was first developed in the 1980’s. The process is often used when a smooth finish and high accuracy is required.
Polyjet is a liquid-based 3D printing technology. It is able to 3D print at a high speed, with extremely high accuracy and a smooth surface finish.
SLS is a powder-based 3D printing technology suitable for building parts that require complex geometries and high durability.
Similar to SLS, Multi Jet Fusion also utilizes powder to 3D print objects. Parts produced by MJF are stronger and more precise compared to SLS.
Full Colour 3D UV-Curable Inkjet technology has the capability to print 10 million colours, making it ideal for products such as marketing models.