Why use 3D printing in industry?
Industry undergoes market pressure that has drastically reduced product development time. Engineers need to deal with various constraints such as how to reduce product weight, comply with design specifications, secure the supply chain, reduce energy consumption, reduce maintenance and servicing costs, etc. Engineers need to think of everything and above all reduce the cost of small and medium series.
For over 40 years, 3D printing has strongly developed in industrial sectors, as it helps reduce costs and lead times and reinforce product development strategies. With their CAD software (e.g Catia, SolidWorks, TopSolid, PTC Creo, etc.), engineering offices create their 3D models which can then be printed in 3D to create prototypes.
Engineers working for engineering offices &D departments find a vast array of advantages in 3D printing that pays off their investment in an industrial 3D printer while reducing the prototype, tool or product development cycle. The Rapid range exclusively distributed by x3D Pro guarantees that the investment is paid off fast through very competitive prices and namely though its High Speed technology.
When developing a project, engineers sometimes require to work through different validation phases, which need different 3D models. The Rapid range is perfectly in line with the market as it offers Open Source Material technology, giving it the flexibility to adapt to users’ needs. The different validation stages are as follows:
- Visual for internal discussion: conceptual validation
- Prototype to present to the client: visual and functional validation
- Prototype to prepare production: process & technical validation
To steer through their projects, industrial companies are investing in professional 3D printers to increase flexibility, maintain excellent quality while reducing development costs.
3D printers are seamlessly integrated into Lean Manufacturing. The aim is to eliminate waste, especially during the 3D project validation period. Traditionally, a lot of time and the money goes into validating a prototype or mould, as an injection mould is very expensive. In Lean Manufacturing, industrial 3D printers are used to conduct tests in an iterative logic.
3D printing applications in the creative and design industry:
This industry’s customer base is very diverse, as is 3D printing: food, chemicals and industry, cosmetics, etc. Here are a few examples of 3D printing application fields.
3D packaging and POS
Packaging and POS designers want to create products that satisfy their client’s visual identity while meeting technical, ergonomic, budgetary and scheduling requirements. For that, design office engineers need to get things right, and fast. When creating a prototype for a fragrance bottle, a display, POS material, an exhibition stand or any other communications tool, 3D models can be printed to confirm the progress of the project.
This sector was quick to embrace this technology. 3D printers offer designers the ability to rapidly and flexibly test all imaginable possibilities. With 3D printing, designers can unleash their creativity through an immediately tangible object that helps them hone their creative process, improve ergonomics, design, colours, etc. They can now easily create original, useful and practical customized 3D objects. They may want to produce decorative 3D objects like 3D wall decorations, 3D lamps and lighting, 3D animals, 3D figurines or 3D vases.
When we speak of creation and design, the fashion world immediately comes to mind. Fashion designers use 3D printers to give free rein to their imagination. Fashion is demanding and innovative: it is an industry that is acutely aware of the potential offered by this technology. 3D printing in fashion is commonly used, giving a new dimension to trends with, for example, 3D fashion accessories.
The jewelry sector now uses 3D printers as a work tool. Professional 3D printers can produce 3D jewelry with extreme precision. Customized jewelry is now at hand: original jewelry, fantasy jewelry, engraved rings.
Why opt for the Rapid range for 3D designers?
The Rapid range is the indispensable machine for designers, offering a professional solution for their requirements.
With 3D Rapid printers, designers will enjoy:
- High speed printing: the technology built into 3D Rapid printers is high speed patented, using a unique process, developed in the photographic world. It is possible to print up to 20 times faster than equivalent printers on the market.
- Unbeatable price: Based on cutting-edge R&D, professional 3D Rapid printers are up to 8 times cheaper than competitors.
- Professionally recognized quality: using stereolithographic technology, 3D Rapid printers produce extra smooth surface quality and favourably compare with traditional plastic injection techniques.
- Material flexibility: with their unique Open Source Material process, 3D Rapid printers can use any resin compatible with the system. They are therefore independent of any material manufacturers and can adapt the material to the project.