3D printing technology has certainly come a long way not only in terms of the realness it brings but also the great possibilities it opens up. Like all other sectors, manufacturing could not manage to escape from its charisma and eventually choose to inherit it in the most effective and fruitful manner.
Manufacturing is one industry which plays around with a lot of complexities and intricate forms of functionalities along with huge investments. Thus when looked at the bigger picture, finding a resort in 3D printing technology appeared to be the most wise move of all times. Here are few uses listed below:
- Mold challenges: Unlike in earlier times in the absence of 3D printing technology, molds of certain tools and component always lived under a fear of improperness and unmatched with machines they were supposed to be affixed with. This led to huge capital loss, until one day 3d printing bought a sign of relief. This technology supports designing of 3d prints for those molds at a negligible cost. Once it gets approved the whole lot can be produced.
- Mock up models: There is no denying of the fact that the kind of flexibility and easiness 3d printing technology in creating various prototypes and the models is incomparable with any other technology. And this is because of an extremely simple reason that the degree of functionality and workability these mock up models can define is both accurate and precise. And thus rather than creating the real form of the idea at once, mocking it up with 3d printing showed a true picture of the effectiveness and usefulness of the suggested idea.
- Enable research and ease up modification: 3d printing technology holds great potential and scope of research and innovation. A 3d image created of any product says a lot about the actual form of the product. If certain structural and operational challenges are foreseen and are clearly visible through the 3d structure, changes can be incorporated accordingly. This may be useful when bringing up a better and upgraded version of any existing product. Simply by getting a 3d image ready of modified version, its effectiveness and utility could be easily observed.
- Stock up constructively: Manufacturing industries follows a uniformed pattern of production all over. What commonly pursued procedure is at the time of production, anticipated stock of forthcoming years is produced. It seems wise if the demand is constant and does not seem to get effected by any external factors. However what if it appears to be the other way round. Along with such uncertainties, the cost of storing the entire stock, safeguarding it against any damage or theft incurred is huge. Thus 3D printing technology has bought a sense of freedom to the manufacturers to rather than piling up the stock, produce as and when the demand comes for certain units.
- Spare parts might not be as useful as anticipated: Another very important insight that was argued in terms of producing stocks of spare parts for certain machines or appliances. The technology is changing at such a fast pace that the product once produced is gradually becoming outdated. Thus stocking up the spare parts for the goods produced is not a wise move anymore thus, as and when a need is felt the spare parts with newly incorporated technology can be created through 3d printing technology with equal ease and perfection.
All said and done about 3D printing technology, it is still emerging with some other new features. And looking at the current scenarios, not only manufacturing but dental, architectural, aerospace etc. industries are fully geared up to get experimental with it.