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3 Advantages to Buying a 3D Printer

Published on 29 October 13
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As an existing innovation, three-dimensional (3D) printing technology has been around for almost 30 years. But the technology has not been popular outside of the engineering, architecture, and manufacturing industries until recently.


A 3D printer cans a digital model into the physical object it depicts in just a few hours, depending on whatâs being produced. The printers can be used for business purposes to create and sell products, as well as take customer requests and create products for clients who are looking for a unique item.


A product can be produced through the additive process, which positions successive layers of materials in a stack. With 3D printing, more structures and shapes can be made.


3D printing will take virtual designs from computer software programs and convert them into thin, virtual, flat cross-sections to complete each layer until the model is completed. The physical model and the virtual model are almost the same product and the figures are only limited to the designerâs imagination.

Here are three other amazing benefits to using 3D printing.
3 Advantages to Buying a 3D Printer - Image 1
1. Less waste

The 3D process can minimize waste during manufacturing and also use less energy. In the past, manufacturing plastic and metal objects was often wasteful because they came with a lot of surplus materials and large parts. For example, aircraft builders may waste up to 90 percent of the material thatâs collected and manipulated in the creation of the final product.


Using the additive manufacturing process will use less energy, too. The finished product can be up to 60 percent lighter than the machined part, but just as sturdy. Cost savings can be measured in less waste of purchased products and the shipping of the items to the customers.

2. Quicker production

Production using a 3D printer is quicker than the traditional method. Traditional manufacturing can take up to two or more days, beginning from prototype and progressing to the finished product. This approach will gradually become obsolete because of 3D printing.


The new 3D printing technologies will turn out a product within a few hours. Stores will not have to maintain large stocks of products if they can be created on demand, which can lead to higher revenues for online businesses that do not rely on bulk, but more on an on-demand model.


Faster production will also tend toward higher revenues by not wasting money on products that may not end up being sold, or wasted effort trying to market to a certain customer for a certain product.

3. Cheaper manufacturing

3D printing and manufacturing can potentially enable companies to save up to 70 percent on the cost of manufacturing. There will be lower packaging and shipping costs in relation to the materials required for the process. More reliable and cheaper materials are used in 3D printing, as well as fewer workers to produce the models.


The nozzle that creates the figures from a 3D printer can create complex figures and give them higher structural integrity and greater durability. The manufacturing is cheaper, and can be more profitable for progressive companies.


Items that can be manufactured vary from home decor, clothing, jewelry, footwear, and automotive parts to medical tools, musical instruments, and lighter bicycles. 3D printing could even convert a childâs drawing into a toy or figurine.


More information about the uses, costs, other potential products, and advantages of 3D printers can be found online. The prospects for business and personal use would seem to be infinite.











As an existing innovation, three-dimensional (3D) printing technology has been around for almost 30 years. But the technology has not been popular outside of the engineering, architecture, and manufacturing industries until recently.

A 3D printer cans a digital model into the physical object it depicts in just a few hours, depending on whatâs being produced. The printers can be used for business purposes to create and sell products, as well as take customer requests and create products for clients who are looking for a unique item.

A product can be produced through the additive process, which positions successive layers of materials in a stack. With 3D printing, more structures and shapes can be made.

3D printing will take virtual designs from computer software programs and convert them into thin, virtual, flat cross-sections to complete each layer until the model is completed. The physical model and the virtual model are almost the same product and the figures are only limited to the designerâs imagination.

Here are three other amazing benefits to using 3D printing.

3 Advantages to Buying a 3D Printer - Image 1

1. Less waste

The 3D process can minimize waste during manufacturing and also use less energy. In the past, manufacturing plastic and metal objects was often wasteful because they came with a lot of surplus materials and large parts. For example, aircraft builders may waste up to 90 percent of the material thatâs collected and manipulated in the creation of the final product.

Using the additive manufacturing process will use less energy, too. The finished product can be up to 60 percent lighter than the machined part, but just as sturdy. Cost savings can be measured in less waste of purchased products and the shipping of the items to the customers.

2. Quicker production

Production using a 3D printer is quicker than the traditional method. Traditional manufacturing can take up to two or more days, beginning from prototype and progressing to the finished product. This approach will gradually become obsolete because of 3D printing.

The new 3D printing technologies will turn out a product within a few hours. Stores will not have to maintain large stocks of products if they can be created on demand, which can lead to higher revenues for online businesses that do not rely on bulk, but more on an on-demand model.

Faster production will also tend toward higher revenues by not wasting money on products that may not end up being sold, or wasted effort trying to market to a certain customer for a certain product.

3. Cheaper manufacturing

3D printing and manufacturing can potentially enable companies to save up to 70 percent on the cost of manufacturing. There will be lower packaging and shipping costs in relation to the materials required for the process. More reliable and cheaper materials are used in 3D printing, as well as fewer workers to produce the models.

The nozzle that creates the figures from a 3D printer can create complex figures and give them higher structural integrity and greater durability. The manufacturing is cheaper, and can be more profitable for progressive companies.

Items that can be manufactured vary from home decor, clothing, jewelry, footwear, and automotive parts to medical tools, musical instruments, and lighter bicycles. 3D printing could even convert a childâs drawing into a toy or figurine.

More information about the uses, costs, other potential products, and advantages of 3D printers can be found online. The prospects for business and personal use would seem to be infinite.

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