The main challenges that engineering companies face is not having the ability to provide a look and feel of the final product to their clients. Multiple prototypes need to be made in order to finalize the design and test the functionality before going into mass production.
3D printing, also known as Rapid Prototyping, enables engineers to work on multiple 3D printed iterations before finalizing the product. Rapid prototyping offers a fast and accurate way to realize the functionality of the product. These prototypes closely resemble the properties and strength of the actual product enabling easy real-world testing.
With the rise of metal 3D printing, these applications are no longer restricted to just prototyping and can produce complex functional end parts as well.
BENEFITS OF 3D PRINTING
forward VALIDATE DESIGN CONCEPTS : Rather than visualizing the product design on screen, clients can better understand the look and feel of the product with the help of 3D printed prototypes.
forward MINIMIZED DESIGN FLAWS : 3D printed prototypes enable companies to identify design flaws and usability issues before going into mass production.
forward QUICK DESIGN ITERATION : The 3D printed prototype is subject to several iterations based on customer feedback. With each new iteration the product design improves and is closer to being finalized. This also helps in identifying the actual need of the market making it possible to develop competitive products.
forward CUSTOMIZED PRODUCTS : 3D printing also helps in developing customized products as per individual client requirements.
forward TIME & COST EFFECTIVE : The time required to develop moulds, patterns and tools is eliminated with 3D printing. There is also no wastage of material as 3D printing only uses the material required to build the actual product.
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