Traditional Manufacturing vs. 3D Printing, Who Wins?

Traditional Manufacturing vs. 3D Printing, Who Wins?

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Thursday, June 13, 2019

3D PrintingFREMONT, CA: In recent years with digital progression, the manufacturing industry is continuously seeking contemporary and innovative ways to bridge the gap left by age-old manufacturing techniques. Advancement in 3D technology has been the forefront of ever-growing demand of the business world. 3D printing technology comes with a new set of advantages for general manufacturing uses—the point where the traditional possibilities end marks the beginning of 3D capabilities.

The projection of a virtual idea in the real world has always been the center of attraction for design engineers. However, the divergence of the end product with the manual concept tends to make possible product unsatisfactory and useless. Parts can be designed and created with the same level of intensity and accuracy through a 3D printer. Traditionally, the assembly lines employed complex process constituting various machines with diverse functionalities. Even though the convoluted nature of the fabrication method reduces production speed, but the personalization ability extends the traditional approach to a viable process.

Integration of 3D printer constructs the engineered parts perfectly, and the manufacturers are capable of making professional adjustments necessary at any time in the production process with zero investment cost. Generic manufacturing methods are notoriously expensive, whereas 3D produces cheaper and more certain end products. In previous days, a fully equipped assembly line required heavy machinery, skilled workers, maintenance teams, and QA professionals. Today, automated 3D printers perform the tasks easily and reduce the cost of production entirely.

Creating products with 3D printers reduce risk, especially as the 3D prototypes cost lesser and are easier to redesign and alter than changing or including a pricy upgrade for traditional machinery. When it comes to setup cost, the retooling of 3D printers is cheaper and faster. The true potential of a 3D printer is the ability to produce any products having any geometric structure.  

The entry-level machine market first introduced the addition of 3D printing to the manufacturing ecosystem. Since the 2000s, 3D printing has experienced a considerable amount of adjustments in the field of manufacturing. Advancements made to the 3D machinery made them more efficient and reliable. Hence, 3D printing outperforms traditional manufacturing and is a clear winner.

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