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CDW and 3D Printing

The Innovative Possibilities are Endless!

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
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Meet Our Partners

Makerbot

Founded in 2009 in Brooklyn, New York, Makerbot was acquired by Stratasys in 2013. Together, they have developed 3D printers and scanners for both the consumer and business markets.

3D Systems

3D Systems was founded in 1986 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. It was the first company to invent a stereolithography rapid prototyping system—the 3D printer's predecessor. It specializes in 3D printers and 3D print materials and provides customization software for 3D imaging.

Afinia

Afinia was founded in 2009 and is owned by Microboards Technology. It offers basic consumer-oriented 3D printers that are high quality, low cost and intuitive.

Why CDW?

Interested in purchasing a new 3D printer but unsure where to start? A CDW Account Manager can assist you in your decision-making process. We will assess your needs and provide you with the best option for your business. Call 800.800.4239 to get started today!

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