3D printing services – Is it the best option for your prototype?
3D printing was first conceptualized in the 1980’s by Charles Hull when he invented stereolithography. However, it hasn’t been until the last decade that 3D printing started to have mainstream applications. Now there is a whole industry around 3D printing services and we are going to explore how 3D printers can help small and large companies prototype faster and accelerate the product development process.
These are a few benefits companies have experienced by involving it in their prototyping phase.
Fast Turnaround Times
If you have ever been through a traditional product development cycle. You know that it can be a slow and daunting process.
From conceptualization to creating tech specifications, source, molding, and prototyping, the steps and people involved can really slow down something that will more than likely require some revisions.
With 3D printing, we can rapidly prototype and turn around a product that can be tested and approved much faster than traditional methods.
Minimize Risks of Manufacturing
3D printed prototypes can often be functional. Which makes it very easy to send them along with a tech pack and manufacturer instructions to start production and feel confident about the end product that will be shipped.
For example. We have recently created a prototype for truck running boards that were easily assembled from the pieces of 3D printed material.
Getting started with 3D printing can be an expensive investment for all the equipment, but working with a company that has the infrastructure in place can be a very cost-effective solution when compared to developing a prototype the traditional way.
If You Can Dream It, We Can Build It
Finally, if you have a vision for a product, there is an amazing chance 3d printing can be used to bring this prototype to life.
Different materials, printers, and design programs have made this a reality in the last 5 years.