Applications of 3D Printing in the Manufacturing Industry

Applications of 3D Printing in the Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturing Technology Insights | Friday, September 16, 2022

With technological innovations, new trends are emerging in the 3D printing sectors, which are widely adopted by manufacturing industries by deriving advantages from 3D printing technology.

FREMONT, CA: Technology will drastically change how companies design, produce, distribute, and repair almost everything in the contemporary industrial revolution era. The rising global demand for customised products and sustainable services results in an influx of essentiality for 3D printed products. Technological advancements have slashed expenses while at the same time delivering efficient performance. The use of 3D printing technology is spreading rapidly as it moves beyond prototypes, especially in supply chains. Therefore, manufacturing companies are embracing the new trends of 3D printing, where research has shown that over 23,000 commercial-grade 3D printers are currently in use.

While 3D printers provide several advantages, manufacturing companies often use other tools and apparatus to translate raw materials into finished products.

Design Customisation

Manufacturing companies can customise every aspect of their product by using a 3D printer. Product designs are created in computer-aided design (CAD) software, which manufacturing businesses can use to design their products. Furthermore, they can transfer this CAD file to a 3D printer. This is a simple process that enables an exceptional level of customisation over products’ design.

Rapid Prototyping

3D printers help manufacturing firms to design as well as build prototypes of products more quickly. The primary step before mass production of a good is to develop a prototype. 3D printing aids in rapid prototyping, helping manufacturing companies to quickly design and build prototypes, allowing them to begin production processes.

Less Waste

3D printers generate less waste compared to other tools and machines used in the manufacturing industry. Most 3D printers operate by following the commands in a CAD file, which enables them to release material in areas where it is necessary. Thus, 3D printers help manufacturing industries achieve a more efficient production process that reduces waste generation.

Ease of Replication

A major reason why 3D printing is becoming so popular in the manufacturing sector is its benefit of allowing manufacturing companies to replicate products easily. Product designs are stored in a CAD file, and after the creation of the CAD file, they can be used to develop many units of the same product, which retain the same size and dimensions.

Strong and Durable Products

3D printing also helps in the creation of strong and durable products. The strength and durability of a 3D-printed product rely on the material used to construct it. 3D printers can build products using a varied range of strong and durable resources. For example, 3D printers often use polymer materials by heating them in the printer and then releasing them through a nozzle head. After drying, these materials harden to create a strong and durable product.

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