23 Jul The best solutions and advantages that 3D printing can offer you
3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a method of creating a three-dimensional object layer-by-layer using computer design.
3D printing offers several advantages over traditional manufacturing processes. From the IAM 3D HUB we invite you to review some of them below:
With 3D printing technology, you can create a tailored design adapted to your needs, shapes, or patterns. That offers the following advantages over other traditional techniques:
- Exclusivity and innovation: The piece can present incredible geometries and 100% original.
- Greater efficiency: With 3D printing technology it is possible to print several customized and different parts at once.
- Democratization: Depending on the technology, the cost of a customized 3D printed piece will be probably lower than artisanal production.
3D printing offers you the possibility to propose complex and original designs and structures, a resource widely used in architecture, design, fashion or even in patisserie. This means that you can unleash your imagination and be as creative as possible and create geometries that are impossible to create with another manufacturing method. So, there are no limitations in terms of design, if you respect the guidelines of the printer.
3D printing is very effective at developing creative skills, as it can boost critical thinking and design skills without limits.
Simplicity and optimization
Another advantage of 3D printing is to produce 3D complexed pieces, without assembling.
The technology offers you the opportunity to optimize material, and thanks to designing possibilities it is possible to reduce also the piece weight.
Additive manufacturing allows us to rethink parts or components and redesign them to improve their production and properties.
Sustainability is no longer a trend but a reality in all aspects of our lives. 3D printing allows us to process from the design to the final part production, through prototype, in much less time than traditional manufacturing methods.
Besides, there are being developed a lot of different ecological materials that will be the next step in the 3D printing curve of implementation.
The adoption of 3D printing technologies in the industry will stimulate the relocation of production plants, closer from the final client. That will also affects logistics by the reduction of weight in transports, as wells as in the number of journeys, making a very significant contribution to reducing emissions.
Being able to produce parts digitally has a direct impact on a drastic reduction in storage and logistics costs. Now we can manufacture a short part series or getting a spare-part when it is necessary.
Time to market
The production process from the design concept until the arrival to the market has been reduced. It involves:
- Rapid prototyping during the design process.
- The production of complexed parts without assembly.
- The possibility to adapt the number of pieces in each production.
3D printing is being used in multiple different sectors in recent times, not only for rapid prototyping but even also for the production of final parts:
- Automotive: Today, is it possible to discover some 3D printed pieces in multiple car models, as well as to obtain a luxury customized model.
- Construction: There are already some houses and bridges that have been created with additive manufacturing technologies for its exhibition. And aerospace scientists are investigating how to build this type of house in future missions to Mars. It is estimated that 3D printing can reduce the price of a dwelling by 35% in the future.
- Medicine: The design of customized surgical instruments for each doctor and patient or the production of trial models for surgeries are some possible usage.
These three sectors are just a few examples, you can also discover more success cases in this article.