Compared with traditional methods 3D printing means…
• For prototyping no tooling, no patterns, no moulds - no capital investment cost
• Investment in tooling at the RIGHT time, no wasted cost
• Reiterative design up to the point of manufacture; your product will be the best it can be
• For all design iterations you have functional parts to review, not patterns or moulds – which are really only a necessity for production volumes
• No mould design limitations; indeed no design limitations
• Presentation models for trade shows – get your customer input before tooling
• Dispatch of an already designed single part normally in 2-3 days – subsequent iterations usually faster
• Prototype cost reductions in the order of 70-80%
• Meeting environmental goals by eliminating unnecessary and wasteful early tooling, machining and handwork
• Customised thermo-plastics can be matched to your branding colouring using Pantone codes
At a first and second prototype stage, it is too early for tooling, as ideas inevitably change once the designers and engineers see the product in its entirety and are able to evaluate and test it.
More iterations equal better designs. Having the ability to make multiple versions allows your engineers to optimise the part for functionality, fitment, and manufacturability.
Not only is 3D printing significantly cheaper, your savings increase with each design iteration that your project encounters.
If you are able to use 3D printing for manufacture, the parts can be designed with only the end use in mind; manufacturing methods do not need to be considered in the design, only function.
Injection moulding? Timing of design changes is problematic because mould changes are costly and take time; design changes need to be minimized or eliminated once the moulds have been machined. This means that the design needs to be finalised fairly early in the project, and there is little room for subsequent changes. 3D printing dispenses with all these constraints.