How can 3D printing Benefit the Manufacturing Industry?


3D printing is fast becoming a popular and viable method of production in the manufacturing industry. With an ever evolving market and more customer demand than ever before, traditional manufacturing methods are struggling to meet the demands of the current climate. This is where 3D printing steps up to the task, as new additive manufacturing technology enables manufacturers to create products in an array of different materials and with more capabilities than standard production methods, it seems that manufactures who do not adopt this new technology, could fall prey to those who embrace it. In this article we will discuss both the advantages and disadvantages to manufacturers of this up and coming technology.

In today’s global market where consumers are spoilt for choice, their expectations are exceedingly high as they are able to get hold of the best quality products which can be delivered in a moment’s notice and all at the touch of a button. However, with this new demand comes the need for new technology in order to keep up with today’s consumer requirements. Standard manufacturing techniques are struggling to do this and do not offer the speed, flexibility or innovation that’s now required.

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This is where 3D printers take over. By having more control through the design process there is more flexibility than ever before. Manufacturers are able to tweak and test designs mid process, meaning each unit can be modified to suit unique needs or more broadly to accommodate improvements or changing fashion. This allows for the manufacturer to respond quicker to market changes, and it turn stay ahead of competitors.

In addition to this, 3D printing shortens the production process. One of the ways in which it does this is by allowing moulded parts to be validated using final production processes and materials. This shortens the process of carrying out rigorous quality tests using which is often a costly process when using traditional manufacturing methods.

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