BENEFITS OF 3D PRINTING

3D printing is not science fiction. It is a tool, like many others used in business. It has factual evidence of its benefits, and one can easily establish its worth to your business.

SPEED

Outgoing methods

Traditional prototype manufacturing requires tooling and machining by people and very expensive equipment. This process takes weeks. Your entire organization is held up waiting for this process to be completed. As well, your first prototype is never your finished product and prototypes must be redesigned numerous times.

Traditional prototyping limits your ability to conduct business, adapt, and react. Almost everyone from CEO's to clients get frustrated waiting for designs to be prototyped.

3D printing

3D printing takes hours. When your designer is finished the CAD file, they simply send the file to the printer, and the part gets produced with little or no involvement from anyone. If a build is started at the end of the day, the part is fully manufactured, or printed by the next morning. No one is held up waiting for prototypes, your customers receive answers quicker, your products can be first to market, and you no longer wait weeks, or possibly months to perfect your designs.

Business and clients are not a slave to the delays of prototype tooling. Quick turn arounds improve customer relationships, product evolution, company focus and morale, and business grows.

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COST

Outgoing methods

Traditional prototype manufacturing is very expensive. If you are using an aluminum block in a CNC machine to create your design, prototype cost can be tens of thousands of dollars.

If you have to redesign this rototype several times, it can easily add up to $100,000 in prototype costs. In many instances, these costs are passed on to the customer, however, they are still a cost born in to your product.

A competitor using a 3D printer will have significantly lower prototype costs. If your design costs are merged into your organizational costs, it is an unknown, and budgeting is extremely difficult as you just don't know what problems will arise when producing your designs. You may limit prototyping due to these excessive costs, resulting in less than optimal designs and products. Prototyping is very expensive without the use of a 3D printer.

3D printing

3D printing reduces your prototype costs as much as ten fold. Your material costs are finite, and can be accurately budgeted before prototype design. ZPrinters will display how much material will be used for your design, and an exact cost can be determined.

The cost will be in the hundreds of dollars, not thousands, and several designs will be revolutionarily less than traditional methods. If your final prototype must be in a specific material such as bronze, you can utilize 3D printing to develop initial prototypes to test for fit and function.

Once the design is perfected it can be produced in your desired material, saving you time and money. Your budget for prototyping allowing you to try an obtain more business, in more areas. The significant reduction in prototype costs goes directly to your bottom line. 3D printing will change your business.

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DESIGN

Outgoing methods

The slow nature and high cost of traditional prototype design, do not allow your organization to fully utilize your expertise and abilities. Many times you will learn a better way to design your product, but due to the costs and time involved to make those changes, you can't implement the changes to your design. Eventually your competitors incorporate what you learned previously, and you are left to try and catch up.

Traditional prototyping inhibits business and design. Your business decisions are based on the difficulties and expense of design and prototyping, not on what is best for your business, the product, or your customers.

3D printing

3D printing provides the ability for your company to be proactive, and to make better products. You will produce your designs quicker and cheaper, allowing more people from marketing to the factory floor to see and evaluate your products, and make changes where necessary. You can inexpensively build multiple prototypes, to get in more hands, and have more input. You can build inexpensive prototypes for focus groups, and evaluate your products before they go to production.

Multiple prototypes and designs will help eliminate costly mistakes, and produce better products. 3D printing helps your organization succeed.

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