3D printing technology is a modern and powerful solution being utilized by many of the world’s industries, including the manufacturing and trades sectors. The technology, which is also referred to as additive manufacturing, creates a product by repeatedly adding layers of a material onto itself (i.e. metal, plastic, concrete).
Additive manufacturing can be used to create models, prototypes, or even functional parts. The process is completely customizable, allowing users to create complex moving parts.
Metal 3D printing produces less waste than traditional manufacturing processes.
3D printed products can up to 60% lighter than traditionally manufactured metal counterparts.
3D printing can be more time-effective than traditional manufacturing processes.
All the above-mentioned benefits (reductions in waste, weight, and time spent) translate to money saved: less wasted material, less costs in freight or fuel, less man hours.
Have you used any 3D printed parts? What are your thoughts on the process?