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The Utility Of 3D Printers In Batch Production And Prototyping

These days makers and manufacturers are beginning to lean more towards 3D printing in order to make prototypes rather than traditional and time consuming processes like handcrafting and vacuum crafting. As we all know, before heading to the manufacturing ring, creating a prototype is a vital step in order to receive the desired result before you send your final product to the market.

Carbon Fibre Nylon part.

Traditionally, prototypes are handmade models that companies make before they release their final product onto the market. After this, there is the turn of a pre-production prototype, this sample of the product is quite close to the final product in terms of the design, style and operability and holds a high probability of going into production. Albeit, there is still no surety about product design being consistent or not as there is still a high likelihood that either the design or the material could be imperfect in a certain way, this being in light of the fact that many times, prototyping procedures and materials exceed their assembling partners. 

In such cases 3D prototyping– additive manufacturing comes into action. This strategy is very solid and has brought forth the attention of nearly every modern day manufacturer, engineer and designer. Aside from its accuracy and speed, 3D printing comprehends the capability and strength of the product. Using different materials like Carbon Fibre or Nylon, one can print accurate prototypes in terms of strength and durability. Subsequently, 3D prototyping provides the ability required to distinguish imperfections in the design before heading on towards large scale production. We can take a look at this technique as it is a proof of the concept that the company is looking for practical outlines rather than just envisioning designs on the screen.

Furthermore, the material utilised as a part of rapid prototyping nearly takes after the quality and properties of the actual product, that’s why the physical test is possible.

Natural ABS and Carbon Fibre composite parts made on the Julia Pro.

3D prototyping opens entryways to new opportunities for the manufacturing units who are keen on eliminating the restriction of conventional prototyping. In this way, the assembling unit will be able to create precise models which work promptly as per their features and highlights, testing, usability and performance. This is an efficient property which can help the company in achieving a competitive edge by bringing innovative items to the market without any delay. With this unoriginal technique of prototyping, a critical lessening has been identified in the cost of manufacturing, since the requirement of new tools has relatively vanished for the development of products. Aside from the same, 3D printers are brought in use when a prototype of any product needs to be developed. What’s more, the prerequisite of staff and waste has likewise diminished altogether.

At first, 3D printing was developed for rapid prototyping and yet, with time, it has turned into an assembling process which has given wings to both companies and engineers as well, in manufacturing and prototype of end-client products. Freedom of design and reduction in assembly time are the clear advantage over the conventional processes of mass customisation, therefore, it can be adequately utilised in cost-friendly low volume production. Primarily, all 3D printers are additive printers which obviously implies that they work precisely by depositing building materials level after level, producing a model which is hollow in nature yet contains multifaceted internal intricacies. Because of this trait, progressively more and more manufacturers are opening up to the concept of 3D printing.


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