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With the lowered cost of 3D printers, combined with the functionality, lowered labor costs and the ability to rapidly produce prototypes, the expense of the printing unit itself is no longer prohibitive. Smaller companies that have been waiting for the appropriate time to invest in the 3D printing technology should take notice that the time for consternation is over.

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Quick Prototyping With 3D Printers

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Quick Prototyping With 3D Printers

Author: Annora Smith

Prior to 3D printing technology, prototype models were typically a very time consuming process. Draftsmen and modeling craftsman would create a 3D model out of wood, clay, polymers, resins or other materials to bring an architect’s or product designer’s drawings to a live mock up. For small items, the prototype would be modeled to size. For large objects, such as buildings and developments, the prototype would be drastically scaled down.

Regardless of material and project, this was a painstakingly slow process. The advent of the 3D printer has enabled a prototyping capability in much less time. The technology employs the use of inkjet print heads that apply an adhesive to which multi-layers of resin powder are distributed. An alternate methodology utilizes a fused application of molten polymers. Many manufacturers of these 3D printers offer them in either the powdered resin or melted polymer versions.

Being able to replicate a design using the 3D printing technology is almost naturally compatible with CAD (computer assisted design). Because of the ability of these printers to capture micro detailing, prototypes with intricate components are easily captured, printed and ready for assembly. As the technology is continually being developed, the end results have consistently improved.

Previously, as with most new technological developments, the original introduction of these 3D printers into the market was price prohibitive for most small to medium companies. Only the larger firms with room in their budgets for expensive equipment and technology were able to afford them. This restricted the ability of the small to medium firms to compete on bid work that required prototyping as a specification in the contract.

Fortunately, as the technology has improved, the cost of these 3D desktop printers has come down out of the stratosphere. Smaller organizations are now able to afford this prototyping technology that enables them to have the same competitive edge that was previously enjoyed by larger firms. They are now able to emulate even the most intricate of designs with the same level of precision. Rapid prototyping is now a capability of even the smallest firms as the 3D printers are now within their budgetary expense allotments.

Additionally, because the 3D printing allows for creation of rapid prototypes of the original design, the labor cost savings of manual modeling has been alleviated. The savings in labor well outweighs the purchase cost of the 3D printer itself. With the capability of rapid prototyping of even mechanical design functions, the smaller organization can readily produce models for client presentation and review.

With the lowered cost of 3D printers, combined with the functionality, lowered labor costs and the ability to rapidly produce prototypes, the expense of the printing unit itself is no longer prohibitive. Smaller companies that have been waiting for the appropriate time to invest in the 3D printing technology should take notice that the time for consternation is over. The purchase of a 3D printer to enable your rapid prototyping needs is now a business expense that is warranted to give your company the creative design edge.

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Annora Smith

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