3D Manufacturing Makes The Impossible Possible
If we went back a few years ago, when there was talk of manufacturing in 3D, it was familiar to us only because we had seen it in a movie. However, things have changed, and 3D manufacturing is taking on an important role all around us.
It is already possible to manufacture a product by printing it, and many are already talking about this technology’s success in the future. For the consulting firm Gartner, “3D printing has reached a turning point”, in which its growing use is already reducing prices, with the consequent increase in its use.
Moreover, we are currently seeing how the evolution of 3D printing allows production times to be reduced, and models of complex structures and mechanisms are being created that would not be easy to produce with traditional techniques.
In this way, we can say that this new form of printing is applied mainly in several fields: the industrial area, offices, workshops or private homes, and the biomedical and food sector. Some of the best-known examples where 3D manufacturing has been used today have been prosthetics or Nike sports shoes.
Even so, it should be noted that 3D manufacturing at the moment is not massive but is characterized by the personalization and customization offered to consumers. On the other hand, 3D manufacturing takes advantage of discrete manufacturing to a whole new level.
Some of the advantages or benefits of this new form of 3D manufacturing are highlighted below:
- Production programs. Looking at 3D manufacturing from a production plan or schedule point of view, we can see how you speed up your time and improve customer satisfaction. By printing many of the needed or requested products, for example, a phone, you can have many of the items ready without having to wait for a supplier to make them.
- Simplify the product creation stage. The moment of creating a product will no longer include a complex and cumbersome creation stage; with 3D manufacturing, it is enough to print simply. This gives discrete manufacturing an edge and will help manufacturers simplify component creation, including making the final product.
- Reduce costs. Think about it, if you could print the circuitry of a smartphone and embed it without additional labor, how would this help reduce costs? It would save a lot of time, resources, and inventories expenses. Once again, 3D manufacturing makes the impossible possible with the help of the technology we have and that we all have today.
For all these reasons, we can conclude that 3D manufacturing will continue to develop and evolve because there is still much to be done until it becomes the main way of manufacturing products and objects.
Despite the high prices that 3D printing can currently entail, the trend is that these are reduced, and companies are beginning to consider returning to the production of goods products, tailored and individually. Thus, this new form of manufacturing through 3D printing is considered by some to be the new industrial revolution.