In recent weeks, a story made headlines on how 3D manufacturing is changing lives. Tennessee resident Gavin Sumner was born with missing fingers, left foot and only 40 percent of his tongue. After being gifted custom made 3D printed fingers for Christmas, For the first time in his life, he was able to hold and grip objects.
From healthcare to homes, architecture to construction, automotive to aerospace and art to fashion, 3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing is headed for exciting timesas it is gradually becoming mainstream.
According to an article in Forbes, 80% of enterprises say 3D printing is enabling them to innovate faster. The enterprises were across the industries of Industrial Goods, High Tech, Services, Consumer Goods, Health & Medical, Automotive, Aerospace &Defense, and Education.
Advantages Of 3D Printing Over Traditional Manufacturing Processes
Today, more and more industries are embracing and implementing additive manufacturing over more traditional manufacturing methods of subtractive manufacturing and injection molding. Here are some of the reasons why:
Speed: One of the biggest advantages of 3D Printing is summed up in two words: Rapid Prototyping.What would take weeks to design, manufacture and test a prototype, now takes a few days.
Cost: Conventional prototyping methods include production runs and injection molds which can be costly because of the need for human labor. With 3D Printing, laborcan be reduced to one person issuing a print command.
Customization: With raw material, blueprint and a 3D printer, one is able to print any design no matter how complicated and intricate.Which in turn makes testing of any product a viable solution for companies across industries.
Quality: The step-by-step assembly of the part or product boosts the detailing of the design and produces exceptionalresults.
Consistency: Traditional practices of manufacturing can result in defective batches or batches inconsistent in quality. With additive manufacturing, because the parts are printed in succession, each individual product can be monitored and errors can be corrected in real-time.
The Future of 3D Printing
When the World Wide Web was born, it had the power to democratize entertainment, news, education and a lot more. Similarly, 3D Printing has the potential to democratize the manufacturing of certain goods.
Its biggest impact will lie in the things it will create, not replace. It will create new prospects for innovation. We thought video killed the radio star but with podcasts, a new form of listening is here. With 3D Printing, too, people will be able to make more things – of course, not everyone can build an aircraft out of their garage but you get the gist!
However, in order for it to scale new heights effectively, and for companies to develop a use for it, we need to stay knowledgeable about additive manufacturing.
That’s why we invite you to visit our website to learn more about the latest developments in additive manufacturing.