3D printing (aka additive manufacturing) is a rapidly growing industry that is being adopted into many companies to improve efficiency rates and accuracy. We have come up with 5 of the most beneficial aspects of 3D printing and why you should start investing, if you haven’t already.
Cost Saving Manufacturing
3D printing takes away many parts of the traditional manufacturing process including the many parts of a machine, costly replacement parts, time it takes to manually build an object, and expensive packaging and shipment costs. With many of these costs being deferred by the use of a 3D printer, that money can be allocated to other parts of a company or potential pay raises.
With 3D printing, there is a potential for a lot of creativity and new designs that would not be possible with traditional manufacturing methods. 3D printing has the ability to build an infinite amount of complex figures, whereas with regular manufacturing, there is limits because everything is based upon molding several parts together, making it near impossible to shape complex designs. One example of creative designs that are being widely produced by additive manufacturing plants is medical implants, especially prosthetics.
Efficiency of Production
Traditional manufacturing methods require blueprints, manual labor, and weeks of shaping the product into what you want it to be. With 3D printing, it takes a few hours to print virtually any object you can think of as long as you have the proof of whatever it is you want printed. With saving time, you are also saving space because those products that used to take you weeks to manufacture now only take hours, so they can be printed “on demand”.
Among the advantages of the 3D printing industry, this one is one of the most important in our society today. Many companies are adopting “green” technologies, which is a bonus of this industry. The need to stock materials is kept to a minimum along with less turnover of mishap products eliminates a lot of waste in the manufacturing process. Using 3D printing also uses a lot less energy because it only takes a few hours to print an object.
3D printers produce sustainable products in that they have multi-purpose features that allow them to develop any print without need specialized machines or parts. Since replacement parts can be printed so efficiently in this industry, many customers will see sustained use of their printed products, saving them money on replacing parts constantly.
By: Lexi Roach
By: Lexi Roach
I read recently the striking similarities between the societal effects of the Internet and 3D Manufacturing, and found them to be quite fascinating. The Internet changed the face of communication across the world, and 3D printing is set to do the same by rewriting the way we make and produce products.
Some of the target markets that 3D printing is intending to hit include large corporations, small businesses and especially consumers. It may seem funny to have consumers be a target market, as a 3D printer on average costs about $30,000- not quite the fit for a typical consumer’s budget. However, that is where small businesses come in. When consumers need a part printed, whether it be for a car, a desk, a kitchen item or relatively any other piece, the goal is to have them start looking for 3D Printing companies. As long as they have a blueprint or image of the part they need, it can be printed quickly, usually in less than a day (for a reasonably sized part). This will increase the efficiency rate of production and of replacement parts, just like the Internet increased the efficiency rate of communication. The Additive Manufacturing industry itself is seeing yearly gross increases as well as continued customer investment. From 2013 to 2014, the number of 3D printers increased from 56,507 to 98,065, according to Statistic Brain. Another notable projected figure is the annual 3D printer revenue in 2018; it is expected to be $1.4 billion, a $400,000,000 increase from this year to then.
As the 3D printing industry continues to take off, our society will start to see these pieces integrated into everyday fixes. For example, if you were to go to a local auto body shop and request a part for a vehicle, it could take up to a week for the part to arrive, and then another day or two for installment. With 3D printing, the time it takes for the part to be printed and given to the company to install it is far less than a week. Along with parts already designed, there is a creative side to 3D printing that does not come with traditional methods of manufacturing. You can take any idea you think up and input the information right into a 3D printer, and out comes your finished product.
With all of this said, the investment into 3D printing saves you on the two most valuable assets in your life: time and money.
By: Lexi Roach
With the holiday season upon us, it is important to note the impact of our purchases and decisions that can be harmful on the environment. Normally, when first thinking of Additive Manufacturing, “energy saving and environmentally friendly” is not the first thing we associate with. But, the truth of the matter is, 3D manufacturing promotes energy saving product development as well as accessibility.
The American Manufacturing Offices have been diligently at work in stimulating the energy saving revolution. These efforts include a partnership with the Wind Energy Technologies Office to produce wind turbine blade molds with the application of BAAM (big area additive manufacturing). This will promote waste reduction as well as potential for new designs of the blades, making them more attractive and more space conscious.
It is one of the goals of the Additive Manufacturing industry to contribute largely to the clean energy movement, both presently and in the coming years. The focus is to be on the improvements in our environment, economy and potentially even national security. Being able to quickly produce energy efficient materials that are inexpensive will help change the role additive manufacturing plays in our world today.
You may be wondering, what is all the “hoopla” about the recent rise in 3-Dimensional Printing? Summed up into one sentence, 3D Printing is a form of technology that enhances three-dimensional solid objects into a digital file to then be copied for later transfiguration. What is unique about these printers is the use of filament in developing the wide variety of items produced in this industry-and that is where Triptech Plastics comes in.
This industry has the power to eventually reinvent the manufacturing economy in Youngstown and its surrounding areas in the Northeast Ohio region. The technological advancements made down at the Youngstown Business Incubator within the 3D printing world are making a name for this region, as well as developing a perpetual market for future investments. The filament warehouse that sells to schools and businesses with access to a 3D printer is located off of Market Street in Youngstown, OH.
The latest and greatest innovations in 3D Printing, however funky this may be to wrap your mind around, is a hybrid robot- complete with body parts that were printed from a rather novel source: sea slugs. This may be one of the most eccentric prints yet by a 3D printer, but however odd it may be it sure is interesting. Not to mention time saving! The amount of time it would have taken to manually construct a hybrid robot far surpasses the time it would take to print one- less than one hour to construct with 3D printed parts.
Other equally fascinating 3D printed objects include parts for a car, prosthetic body parts, and replacement pieces for machinery that is out of date, and more. This industry has made incredible strides in recent years, and will continue to do so as more universities and businesses make the commitment to purchase or rent a 3D printer. Right in our own backyard we are saving money and time, two priceless resources in our society today.