There are many areas in which 3D printing technology has brought practical benefits. We list only a few, but the list is open, especially for the fields of research and production.
- Archeology and Digitalization of works of art
Over the years it has been know that new means are needed for the rapid and cheap production of prototypes. The solution is 3D printing.
Over time, this process has become cheaper and faster due to the advancement of technology, allowing the production of prototypes and / or the final products with lower costs. Also, this technology offers the possibility to create complex geometries, often impossible to achieve by classical processes. At the same time, it should be noted that there are certain parts that due to mechanical properties, for the moment are better to be created by classical procedures.
A rapid prototyping process can shorten the design cycle of a product with a few weeks or months, but can still take many hours to produce a single piece depending on the volume and quality you want.
Usually the first prototype is raw, you want to take a first impression of the product so it does not matter so much the quality, but the closer you get to the final design you want the prototype to be of the highest quality. Also, the purpose of the prototype is to test its functionality or properties under certain environmental conditions, which means that each prototype must have certain characteristics that will influence the print time.
Rapid prototyping technologies deposit material layer by layer until the required shape is obtained, rather than removing material by cutting or other conventional methods. Rapid prototyping technologies allow for much greater flexibility than conventional methods because the complexity of the geometric shape of the model does not impose any limitations.
This new rapid prototyping technology produces fast 3D models with good accuracy, reducing the time required for the research and development phase of a new product, ultimately reducing not only the time, but also the cost of the product.
What we want to keep in mind in the end is that rapid prototyping saves time and money. Using the traditional methods, for each prototype a separate mold or a unique product should be created. This means that before having the final product it can be made multiple molds and multiple unique test products, which obviously will generate huge costs. This works well only if later thousands of parts or more are produced. But when only a limited series is needed, 3D printing is the right alternative.
3D printing: More prototypes in a shorter time, flexibility, efficient testing and fast feedback.
The choice remains with you! Other reasons you certainly do not need to convince yourself that 3D printing goes beyond traditional barriers and represents the future!
Why would we want a complicate future in which to invest unnecessary time and money?