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5 Reasons Why 3D Printing Is Changing Manufacturing Forever

1 – 3D Printing is now ready for Production Parts 3D Printing is changing manufacturing. From End Use Parts to Low Volume Jigs & Fixtures, you can now print in Continuous Carbon Fibre. This is stronger than Aluminium, incredibly light …

Charlie Jessey

March 11, 2020

1 – 3D Printing is now ready for Production Parts

3D Printing is changing manufacturing. From End Use Parts to Low Volume Jigs & Fixtures, you can now print in Continuous Carbon Fibre. This is stronger than Aluminium, incredibly light and cheaper to manufacture. In many cases Carbon Fibre parts typically cost 10%-20% of their machined counterparts.

2 – The Price is Tumbling

With £3,000 Desktop printers now able to do what £50,000 printers were doing 5 years ago the technology is open to everyone and it’s increasingly unusual to see an SME without a 3D printer these days.

3 – Material Science is Changing Everything

Many 3D printers are now open source. You can utilise 1,000’s of different materials for a variety of applications. From Antibacterial, FDA approved, Flame Retardant & Electrostatic materials to more traditional ABS, Nylon & PLA. The choice is huge!

4 – 3D Printing is becoming Faster

With the improvement in material science, 3D printing materials are able to be heated & cooled faster. this has led to some manufacturers offering 2 x “Turbo mode” on their printers. To aid this, adaptive layer heights also play a part in printing quickly in large prismatic areas while layers are automatically refined around small details.

5 – It’s Better for the Environment

Yes, 3D Printing uses plastic, but typically there is minimal to Zero waste. There are no transport costs for moving mass material or parts from one side of the world to the other and typically 3D Printed parts are printed in the manufacturing or final location.
Due to the wide variety of 3D printing solutions available we know it can be incredibly difficult to determine which 3D Printer is the perfect fit for you and your business. We have written an article on our website to help with this:
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Flux Laser Cutters — New at SolidPrint3D!

A fully equipped, production-ready additive manufacturing workshop requires more than just 3D printers. SolidPrint3D is proud to introduce to you the tool you need to complete your operation — Flux laser cutters. A recent addition to our catalogue, the laser …

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Rapid Prototyping: Development Stages

In the previous article, we introduced the basics of rapid prototyping. Now, we take a step further into the “hows” of the prototyping process. This article overviews how developers close the gap between design and manufacturing and manage their workflows …

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Why Your Company Needs an Industrial 3D Printer

Organizations across all industries, from Coca-Cola to NASA, have embraced additive manufacturing for the tangible benefits it provides. With an industrial 3D printer, your company can do the same. 3D printing has penetrated the society on both hobbyist and professional …

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