3D printing is one of the most promising technologies in recent inventions. It is called additive technology that involves adding layers and layers of raw material as the product is built. It is a whole new way of manufacturing customized products. Fused Deposition Modelling or FDM is the most commonly used 3D printing technology. It is used to manufacture high precision plastic components. We are a leading plastic moulding company in India offering valued services to create customized prototypes and models.
Cartesian and Delta are the two different types of printers used in FDM printing. The difference between the two is how the layers are added. The different advantages of 3D printing have created many opportunities and prospects for different industries to manufacture products in a cost-effective and timely manner.
Cost reduction in the machine, labour, material, logistics is one of the main advantages of 3D printing. For any business in India, bringing the manufacturing cost down will help them create more profit and the customers are also happy with cheaper yet quality products. Reduced cost of materials, labor and operations will bring down the manufacturing cost. Investing the machinery required for 3D printing is just a one-time cost. It plays a small part in the overall manufacturing cost. A 3D printing system has great efficiency and an increased level of time-saving. A 3D printer just requires an operator to start the machine and an automated process to upload the design until the finished product. Hence, the labour cost is very low. A wide range of materials can be used to create products in 3D printing. This results in low-cost materials.
3D printing makes it easy to make designs and transfer that easily to different locations for production. Companies do not have to create prototypes and transport them from one company to another. There is a lot of reduction in shipping, road, and air travel cost. Raw materials get wasted in a traditional method. 3D printing is a sustainable option as there is no waste created in any phase of the manufacturing. Thermoplastic can be melted and cured and this cycle can be repeated as many times as possible. Another big advantage of 3D printing is that the products can be manufactured a lot quicker than the traditional method.
The fact that prototypes and products can be produced in less time there is an increased competitive advantage. It makes it easy to create, prototype, and develop products early. 3D printers can make life-size prototypes that make it possible for designers to think innovatively. Customers will show more interest when they can see a life-size prototype of the product. It can prove costly for the company to create a product that may not be approved by the client. It is also an easy way to test a product in the market. Releasing a few prototypes in the market to see if it is a success or not. Faulty prototypes through traditional methods can cost a lot for the company. 3D printing can reduce errors as the designs are approved even before the investments.
Even though there are many advantages of 3D printing, a few drawbacks do exist that we must be aware of. The initial costs of installing printer equipment is a major disadvantage. There is a lot of effort in post-production. There is a lag when you have to manufacture several identical products. 3D manufacturing technology may not be suitable for producing millions of objects in a short while. Depending on the size and quantity, the system requires hours and days to print. If there is a fault in the printer, you will have to print it all over again. Though we need just one operator per printer, there are special skills required to create the 3D models. This has also resulted in job losses as we will not require many phases as seen in the traditional method. As customer satisfaction is key to the success of every business, 3D printers deliver exact quality in prototyping.