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Top 10 Benefits of 3D Printing | Salient Technologies

This post was authored by David Yakos of Salient Technologies

Our friends over at Salient Technologies are doing great things in product development and have a blog chock-full of helpful information. One of the latest shifts in product development is the impact of 3D printing on rapid prototyping. They’ve pulled together a top 10 list of the biggest benefits of 3D printed to share with the Dragon Innovation audience. Enjoy!

1. Time-to-Market: 3D printing allows ideas to develop faster than ever. Being able to 3D print a concept the same day it was designed shrinks a development process from what might have been months to a matter of days, helping companies stay one step ahead of the competition.

2. Save Money: Prototyping injection mold tools and production runs are expensive investments. The 3D printing process allows the creation of parts and/or tools through additive manufacturing at rates much lower than traditional machining.

3. Mitigate Risk: Being able to verify a design before investing in an expensive molding tool is worth its weight in 3D printed plastic, and then some. Printing a production-ready prototype builds confidence before making these large investments. It is far cheaper to 3D print a test prototype then to redesign or alter an existing mold.

4. Clear Communication: Describing the product you are going to deliver is often misinterpreted since it leaves construction up to the imagination. A conceptual picture of the product is better than the description since it is worth 1,000 words, but getting to hold the tangible product-to-be, in hand, clears all lines of communication. There is no ambiguity when holding the exact, or at least a very close, representation of the product.

5. Feedback: With a prototype you can test the market by unveiling it at a trade-show, showing it to potential buyers or investors, or raising capital by pre-selling on Indiegogo or Kickstarter. Getting buyers response to the product before it actually goes into production is a valuable way to verify the product has market potential.

6. Get the Feel: One thing you can’t get from a picture or virtual prototype on the computer screen is the way something feels in your hand. If you want to ensure the ergonomics and fit of a product are just right, you must actually hold it, use it and test it.

7. Personalize It: With standard mass-production, all parts come off the assembly line or out of the mold the same. With 3D printing, one can personalize, customize and tweak a part to uniquely fit their needs, which allows for custom fits in the medical and dental industries and helps set people apart in the fashion and jewelry world.

8. Build your Imagination: In the modern boom of digital art and design, the possibilities are not only accelerating but limitless. One can now 3D print almost anything they imagine after drawing it up virtually. In a relatively short time, an idea, concept, dream or invention can go from a simple thought to a produced part that you can hold.

9. Square Holes?… No Problem: The limitations of standard machining have constrained product design for years. With the improvements in additive manufacturing, now the possibilities are endless. Geometry that has been historically difficult or impossible to build; like holes that change direction, unrealistic overhangs, or square interior cavities, is now possible and actually simple to construct.

10. Fail Fast, Fail Cheap: Being able to test ideas quickly and discover what doesn’t work accelerates discovery leading to an ideal solution. 3D printing allows a product developer to make breakthroughs at early stages that are relatively inexpensive leading to better products and less expensive dead-ends.

This post was originally posted on the Salient Technologies blog: Top 10 Benefits of 3D Printing

18 Comments

  • Printing Partner commented on January 1, 2015 Reply

    2015 will bring many fantastic creations with 3d printing technology, Investors that keep view the long term will enjoy the fruits of their patience.

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  • Eric Blaise commented on March 17, 2015 Reply

    The best thing that can happen for 3D printing would be the invention of 3D scanners. I say this because, it would make it possible for people to create replacements for a broken accessory of an object in their possession. Take for example a office desk chair, imagine you break one of the wheels, if you could scan the wheel (temporarily glued together) than you can replace it with a 3D print.

  • LuellaHamilton commented on April 13, 2015 Reply

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  • Hasan Mishuk commented on August 20, 2016 Reply

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  • alessandro har commented on October 6, 2016 Reply

    excellent article! Tons of things happening in the 3d world to improve printers. There will be a crazy future and 3d printers will play a big part in that.

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  • htpd commented on April 19, 2017 Reply

    Get the feel and personalize it. Nothing can replace getting the feel of a model in your Hand. And 3D printing makes this dozen time cheaper than it used to be.

    This is, in my opinion the greatest added value of 3D printing.

  • Andrew Jackson commented on July 3, 2017 Reply

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