1. Mitigate risk
By verifying the design before investing in an expensive molding tool, you not only mitigate the risk, but you shorten the R&D time
2. Shorter lead-time
3D printing allows for ideas to be developed faster than ever which reduces lead-time and time-to-market significantly
3D printing takes up less energy than traditional manufacturing AND the flexibility in terms of what materials to print with, allows for printing with recycled and/or biodegradable materials
4. It’s anybody’s games
3D printing is not only limited to a certain industry but can be employed by virtually all industries – everything from printing organs to aerospace components. Just over 70% of manufacturers have found a way to use 3D printing according to a 2016 survey by PwC.
Especially useful in the medical and dental industries
6. Single step manufacturing = efficiency
One of the biggest pains of designers is how to produce a part as efficiently as possible – 3D printing, as opposed to traditional manufacturing, does not require a large number of steps to produce. 3D printing skips up to eight steps in the manufacturing process!
7. Difficult shapes made easy
Traditional manufacturing relies on mold and cutting to produce shapes, making it difficult to achieve certain shapes and cuts. The 3D printer’s nozzle however, can produce infinite shapes and complex figures
8. Improving communication one print at a time
Visually displaying your ideas by 3D printing allows for a clearer communication and a stronger sales pitch!
9. Less waste
Much less surplus material and lighter products – up to 60% lighter
10. Mixing it up
3D printing allows for mixing different raw materials – components can now be offered with tens of different materials, strengths and temperature resistance thanks to mixing raw materials!