The Art of 3D Printing for Prototype making

by Robert P.

In the current market state, you have multiple choices of prototyping services all with different way of creating them. We have prototype machining, plastic injection and casting but what strikes most eyes is 3D printing. Back in the days, manufacturers used plastic injection which seemed to be a lot faster and cheaper. As time went by, we came up with new technologies that enabled us to keep a 24hr working cycle nonstop.

Machines are replacing human workers in most industries. It is not a surprise since one machine can undertake tasks meant for ten people at the same time. The goal is to make work easier and 3D printers are our best buddies. 3D printing for prototype creating involves additive manufacturing. An advantage about this technique minimal wastages. As compared to CNC machining which uses subtractive manufacturing 3D printing produces little waste.

One thing about the prototyping process is the need for speed. You want your customer to get a glimpse of what you are making, test your parts and assemble your product. This looks like a lot of time, that’s why manufacturers look for way to create prototypes very fast. Again, 3D printing outshines the other production methods when it comes to production speed. With the correct computer aided files you can create a prototype within a few hours. Shortening the production process will leave you time to analyze the market and position yourself well to ensure you sell out your products.

If you were to search the market it is not a surprise to find 3d printers that can fit in some of our rooms. We started off with big computers and look where we are now. Who is to say the same cannot happen to 3D printers. 3D printing coupled with low volume production, can save a lot of costs and time. Although the initial price of a 3D printer can be intimidating, the expenses are offset by the output of this machine.

One issue about 3D printing is loss of structural integrity of raw material due to heating. If you are worried about structural integrity perhaps you should go for CNC machining. Also, the parts produced by a 3D printer may not be as strong as machined parts. 3D printers typically places the material used in layers when printing. For this reason, parts can easily break especially plastics.

Prototyping is a very crucial part in the production processes and only fool lack the time for it. While making prototypes, you are familiarizing yourself with the problems associated in actual production. When the time comes for mass production, you will already know how to deal with challenges once they arise. You want to ensure your production process is efficient and runs smoothly.

Without a doubt, 3D printing has shown us the wonders it can perform. You can combine 3D printing with injection molding to increase your profit margins. Plastic injection molds usually takes ages to make but with a 3D printer you can make molds meant for short runs. By doing so, you will be saving yourself a lot of time.

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