What is 3D Printing being used for?

HOW 3D PRINTING CAN HELP YOU

There are many benefits to 3D printing and we know that it can change the entire way in which we work. 3D printing and the technology that comes with it has changed the way businesses work for the better. They can now create quality products in rapid times and get their goods onto the market very quickly, before anyone else has the opportunity to do so.

3D printing is also perfect for home use, as it provides people with the opportunity of bringing their creative ideas to life.

3D Printing is being used for many different applications and here we have listed some of the ways in which 3D printing is changing the way we work and create.

The many applications of 3D Printing:

Prosthetics

One of the most worthwhile developments in recent years has been the creation of custom fit prosthetics. Prosthetics are very expensive, with some costing as much as £30,000 to make. 3D printing, however, has changed this. Now, we can create custom made prosthetics that fit perfectly, at much cheaper prices. Thanks to 3D printing, custom fit prosthetics can cost just £40.00 to print, making it much more accessible for people to have custom fit prosthetics.

Rapid speed prototyping

Rapid prototyping is probably the most popular use of 3D printing. You have the opportunity to design your product and then print it, all from the comfort of your own home or business premises. This will save you a lot of time and money. You can do all the design work yourself and can print your product yourself.

You will save a great amount of money by not having to outsource. You will be able to spot any design flaws quickly and in just as quick time you will be able to correct them. You can also print many different variations in parallel, which will provide you with the chance to compare each product and select which one looks the best, before you begin the process of mass producing your product.

Education

We know 3D printing is perfect for product design, engineering and professional uses but it’s also becoming hugely popular for education purposes too. 3D printing is growing at a rapid pace and there is high demand for people with 3D printing and CAD skills. By using 3D printing as an education resource we will be ensuring that people have the skills that are needed for the workplace, in this very exciting industry.

Low volume manufacturing

Some companies are moving away from rapid prototyping and are moving towards low volume manufacturing. This is the perfect choice if you only need to print 50 or so copies of a product or part. This is the best way to ensure you keep costs down when printing.

Customised products

3D printing is the ideal choice when you need to produce a customised or bespoke product, as it will be the cheapest option for you. For instance you may need to create a box that has a special logo embedded in it. 3D printing, in this case, would be far more economical.

Dentistry

3D printing is big business in dentistry as it enables dental technicians to create custom fit pieces at rapid speeds. Every time you require work done on your teeth your dentist will have to take what’s known as an impression of your teeth. Traditionally, a copy (or stone) was created using a milling machine. However, thanks to 3D printing and the technology that comes with it, dentists can now use a digital 3D scanner.

This 3Dscanner captures a 3D image of your mouth. This 3D image can then be used to print stones on demand. Dental labs also use the 3D impressions to produce the perfect fitting implants, bridges and crowns. This saves a great amount of time, reduces the risk of errors and also saves money. Dental labs can therefore increase production and streamline their workflow, while providing us with beautiful, custom fit pieces.

As you can see, there are many ways in which 3D printing is being used. 3D printing is changing the entire way in which we work, for the better. It allows businesses to save money, increase production and streamline their workflow. It’s perfect for personal use too as it enables people to bring their creative ideas to life, at rapid speeds.

Whatever you’re looking to create, you’re guaranteed to discover a 3D printer that will tackle the task perfectly, with outstanding results.

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