3D PRINTED PROTOTYPING
3D Printing has been a popular technique for rapid prototyping for years, but recently end uses for the technology have also expanded, becoming an excellent option for OEMs looking to bridge the gap between prototype and full production.
THE BENEFITS OF BUNDLING
One of the biggest advantages to using 3D printing for short-run production is the ability to bundle tool modifications so you can save on costly tooling each and every time a design is modified. Short-run production using 3D printing allows you to make small changes to plastic parts prior to going through the full retooling procedure, saving you valuable time and money by allowing you to wait until you can make several injection mold changes at one time.
What does that mean for your business? It means product designs can get to market faster than ever before, increasing your competitive edge while lowering overall production costs in many cases.
3D PRINTED INJECTION MOLDS
Another unexpected yet no less beneficial use for 3D printing is 3D printed short-run injection molds. While 3D printed molds are not as strong as their metal counterparts, they are more inexpensive to produce and can be a cost-effective solution for shorter production numbers. Using FDM 3D printing can help, as FDM can create components up to 80% as strong as traditional molded plastics.
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