With the development of 3D printing, it was clear that it can be used at industrial and at personal or local levels. It brings host benefits that traditional methods of production simply can’t.
3D printing allows the ability to personalize products according to individual needs. This part is essential in the medical industry, but also in the other consumer’s industries. Even with the same customization, numerous products can be produced at the same time in massive numbers. That means less time for manufacturing more products and faster time for delivery to clients.
The advantage of 3D printing is a high level of complexity, which could not be produced physically in any other way.
This advantage has also significantly impacted industrial applications, where applications are being developed to materialize complex components to be lighter and more robust. Notable uses are emerging in the aerospace sector, where these issues are of primary importance.
Using fewer tools
For industrial manufacturing, one of the most time-cost and labor-intensive stages of the product development process is the tools’ production. For low to medium volume applications, industrial 3D printing can eliminate the need for tool production and, therefore, the costs, lead times, and labor associated with it.
Because of that, products and components can be designed specifically to avoid assembly requirements with intricate geometry and complex features, further eliminating the labor and costs associated with assembly processes.
Environmentally-friendly production process
3D printing is also emerging as an energy-efficient technology that can provide environmental efficiencies in both the manufacturing process itself, utilizing up to 90% of standard materials. This production also creates less waste.
Furthermore, 3D printing shows great promise in fulfilling a local manufacturing model, where products are produced on-demand. They are made where they are needed — eliminating huge inventories and unsustainable logistics for shipping high volumes of products worldwide.
Source: 3D Printing Industry