Innovation Using 3D Printing in the Manufacturing Industry
3D technology is changing the way manufacturing works in many ways. Because of the ease of setting up newer manufacturing systems, 3D printing is driving innovation across manufacturing sectors by creating opportunity for experimentation, empowering small organizations, and decreasing prototype turnaround time.
Experiment Small Then Go Big
3D printers allow manufacturers to do a trial run of 1 for any project or new idea. This is essential for driving innovation. In the past, ideas had to be engineered and re-engineered to prevent costly mistakes on the first production run, but there was never any guarantee of success. With 3D printers, you can engineer, print, try out, and then re-engineer a product using real data without the cost of a trial manufacturing run.
Small Organizations Drive Innovations
Because of the economy of scale, much recent innovation has been driven by large companies. 3D printers give smaller organizations the ability to experiment, design and prototype their own products before seeking the capital for full-scale production runs. The affordability of modern 3D printers empowers many organizations to join the manufacturing world.
Rapid Prototype Turn Around
Because businesses troubleshoot their prototypes extensively before going to full-scale production, 3D printing enables manufacturers to swiftly study their new product, test it, and put it into full-scale production without running the risks of manufacturing an untried product.
Experimentation, small organization growth, and rapid deployment of manufacturing are just some of the ways that 3D printing is changing the way people do business in the 21st Century. Technology is changing the way businesses plan, act, and finance manufacturing and it is a great time to be in manufacturing.