3D printing has ushered in a new era of discovery, prototyping and innovation for businesses. From prosthetic body parts and dental molds to architectural models and automotive designs to academic and fashion prototypes, the possibilities are endless. Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing is the process of creating a physical object from a digital file. Layers of resin or filament are laid on top of each other until a sample is created.
What is 3D Printing?
3D printers first surfaced in 2003 but carried a hefty price tag of $50,000 each. The phenomenon was initially seen as technology that only the largest companies could access and use for experimental purposes. But thanks to recent innovations, the price has dropped considerably.
Some may shrug off this technology as a fad, but they are unaware of the benefits it can bring. According to Gartner1, "Early adopters of 3D printing technology could gain an innovation advantage over rivals."
Traditionally, businesses send their prototypes to a third-party vendor to create. But wouldn't it be great to eliminate long lead times and jump-start production without a hefty bill?
3D Printing Advantages
Enable your organization to:
- Empower employees to think outside the box
- Nurture customer relationships with faster delivery times by removing labs or third-party vendors
- Develop in-house samples or prototypes for customers
- Reduce manufacturing costs
- Expedite Q&A testing