3D printing is the ideal choice for cost reduction and short cycle-time when launching new products. It eliminates prototype manufacturing times and reduces materials usage or plastics injection molding manufacturing during product’s design and validation phases. 3D printing is successfully used in building tools, jigs and replacement (plastic) parts for machines.
Building prototypes through 3D printing brings a major change in approaching design and manufacturing parts and objects. Plastic 3D printing in prototyping phase can be used not only in final plastic objects but for any material, the model being very useful when validating the project.
Many tools, devices and fixtures used in products’ assembly processes can be manufactured out of plastics. 3D printing helps building these items at at total cost and time lower than traditional manufacturing technologies.
We come to support building these objects based on CAD project offering an alternative for plastic tools and jigs manufacturing, rapid prototyping with short execution cycle time.
In some situations building a part or object may need special materials which can be only modeled through different techniques than 3D printing. One solution could be building a 3D model using a support (and soluble) material (used with FDM technology) for the desired part and thermoforming the required material for the part.
Many parts or objects cannot be repaired or replaced or the costs for doing this can be too high. Sometimes the solution can be to replicate that object or part and build it using 3D printing.