When Henry Ford created the modern assembly line, the practice of mass-producing vehicles created carbon-copy machines in record time. Nowadays, mass production is taken for granted, and most items are not considered for design and manufacture if the intended merchandise is known beforehand to have an extremely limited production run. Modern technology has an answer for engineers and dreamers who want a unique product without wasting time and money with traditional manufacturing methods: 3D printing.
The price of 3D printers has plummeted in the past few years, making homeowners as likely as business professionals to invest in this new technology. With the increase of familiarity in 3D printing, more business owners are open to the idea of adding one or more 3D printers into manufacturing processes. Below is a list of reasons why businesses may choose to 3D print their latest ideas either in-house, or through a 3D product design expert such as Anuva.
- Designers and engineers traditionally must determine every nuance of a product before it is manufactured. The finished product generally has a few flaws, which cost excess money and time to repair before rollout. With a 3D printer, a single product can be printed to note flaws before production.
- An idea on paper is far different than the product itself. The ability to 3D print a prototype, note its flaws, and re-print it several times until it meets all expectations revolutionizes conceptual design. Products can be tested multiple times, and a short-run of the product with several different end-users can determine the viability prior to roll-out.
- Many large manufacturers have found that their products are basically the same, but they have slight moderations for specific models, such as vents that may need slightly larger or shorter outlets, for example. 3D printers can easily handle these modifications while printing, unlike traditional manufacturing where every iteration is identical.
- Medical devices specific to each individual are easily printed on a 3D printer, such as dental crowns or in-the-ear hearing aids. Imagine printing hearing aids overnight for a patient instead of waiting for a manufacturer to design, create, and ship the hearing aid to a physician’s office.
- 3D printing diminishes the void between large and small manufacturers.
Anuva’s North Carolina office can Bring On Impossible with its state-of-the-art 3D printing system to assist dreamers and engineers in designing and printing their products. Contact one of our associates at (919) 388-3360 for details on 3D printing, and read our latest blogs for more information pertaining to 3D product design and other new forms of technology.