Why 3D Printing
Firstly, how does 3D printing work?
The principle is similar to the traditional ink-jet printer you use for printing ink on paper. The main difference being the ink printers only print one level and 3D printing print several plastic or rubber (even metal) layers producing a part with depth. (The 3rd dimension).
The printer head works back and forth over each of these layers depositing the material in micron layer by layer until the model is completed.
The main benefit of 3D printing is in allowing a design to come to life in a matter of hours from a digital file from your computer. This allowing you to hold a physical part in your hand to help communicate the idea or design and making it far easier to pitch your idea to potential investors.
Why use 3D printed concept models?
• Go from on-screen idea to product in your hands in days
• Make design decisions faster, and get to market sooner
• Evaluate more design iterations, and make better products
• Skip the labour and cost of prototype creation
• Free time for product improvements
• Show your product ideas to customers before you commit to full manufacturing
• Sell and take orders based on printed models (reduced inventory)
Why use 3D printed functional prototypes?
• Speed up product development
• Fast production of your test models
• Make design changes faster and speed up time to market
• Improve product quality with multiple test cycles that lead to designs that work
• Rely on real factual test data, not on simulations
• Stay flexible in your product development process
• Test last-minute improvements economically and quickly
• Accuracy: true-to-CAD parts, consistently.
• Feature resolution and surface finish: the finest feature details, the sharpest edges and the smoothest surface quality are preserved.