Since starting my role at 3D Print Works, I have been given the opportunity to discover the benefits of 3D printing. From physically designing something using TinkerCAD right down to the printing of models. Through this process I have learned a great deal about 3D printing and the benefits it can give us. Whenever I meet new people and I tell them I work for a 3D filament manufacturing company, they often have a puzzled/fascinated look on their face. The word ‘3D Printing’ on its own seems a strange concept for a lot of people to understand, and I relish this. This is when I get to be an advocate of 3D printing and educate people about the benefits of 3D printing. For this year’s Science Week, I wanted to have this conversation with you.
The first benefit of 3D printing is the speed at which components can be produced, compared to traditional manufacturing methods. From a digital design in CAD, to a solid tangible component in a matter of hours, 3D printing allows for ideas to be developed in a very short period of time.
Traditional manufacturing has a high number of cost out-puts. To produce a particular component using traditional methods you need to consider the labour, material and machine operating costs. These costs can quickly add up and 3d printing requires little to no labour, it uses cheap materials in comparison and a 3D printer can be the same price as a good TV. The savings that can be made adopting 3D printing makes it an attractive process for commercial businesses.
The benefits of 3D printing have developed dramatically in recent years and this is only going to improve as the industry sees high investment. Anyone who is anyone, can print whatever they like as long as it can be designed in a digital programme like CAD. This ‘customization’ gives designers freedom in their ideas and creations. They are furthermore able to create parts and components which would not be possible with traditional manufacturing methods.
3D printing is constantly evolving as the industry sees investment and growth. New applications and materials are constantly developing and we want to be part of that journey. We hope this blog has caught your attention and maybe you could start 3D printing yourself.