I had the opportunity to sit on the Kairos Society’s 5th Annual Global Summit panel on 3D printing alongside Stratasys and GE. In the audience were an incredible group of young entrepreneurs. During the course of the panel, several interesting opportunities emerged which relate directly to our business at Dragon Innovation.
One such opportunity is the ability to build in small batches.
With Crowdfunding taking off, many of our clients need to build quantities in the 2k–5k range. Finding a manufacturing solution at these volumes can be challenging to say the least. In a nutshell, it is more than you want to build on your dining room table and less than most contract manufacturers' minimum quantity requirements.
3D Printing is an excellent solution for the following reasons:
The challenges that can arise from 3D printing include:
Looking to the future, as the 3D technologies continue to evolve in improved functional performance and lower cost, there are many exciting possibilities for 3D printed parts that are not possible with injection molding:
We are very excited about the future, and are thrilled to work with companies like MakerBot who have revolutionized cost-effective 3D printing.