Why should you 3D print in metal
If you plan to produce metal parts, there are several different manufacturing methods you can use. CNC machining services can create the metal products for you eg. This will be done by implementing drilling, milling, and so on. However, it is also possible to 3D print a metal part. You can do this on your own if you have a 3D printer that can print metal products, which is usually not the case. In this case, you can subcontract the production to a 3D printing service. Metal 3D printing is a good idea due to the benefits mentioned below.
3D printing and prototyping
The prototyping phase can be long and expensive. Many costs are often incurred in this phase of product development. Iterations are also very time consuming when choosing machining or casting. With 3D printing, there is no cost to fit a mold, while customers can already have an improved prototype in a week cost effectively. Additionally, additive manufacturing gives you the ability to use point production when it comes to creating metal parts. After all, 3D printing doesn’t have an economical lot size. This makes it possible to create unique and tailor-made products.
3D printing speed
Each production process requires preparation. But compared to machining or molding, 3D printing takes much less preparation time. With conventional techniques, it is not only the production time, but also the time required to produce a mold. This ensures that the duration and additional costs of 3D printing are much lower. In addition, additive manufacturing also has shorter delivery times because no specific mold or writing program is required. It is even possible to produce a part in a few hours using a 3D printer. However, this depends, for example, on product, material and process specifications.
3D printing is often the fastest production method when complex spare parts are required and suitable parts cannot be supplied on demand. With additive manufacturing, even the most complex parts can be printed directly. On top of that, it’s not even necessary to take stock when you can 3D print in-house or are in contact with a 3D printing service that can deliver the parts quickly. After all, with additive manufacturing, spare parts can be obtained at short notice and also on demand. In addition, the spare parts can be upgraded to be even better than the original parts.
As mentioned earlier, no extensive preparation is required for 3D printing. You will not have too much parameterized the machines and materials for example, although additive manufacturing requires a little programming, while you will also have to prepare the printer a little. However, a mold is not necessary, so the set-up costs will not be too high, which is especially the case when comparing 3D printing to injection molding. 3D printing is also great in the start-up process. Revisions can be made and adjustments verified at an early stage, reducing potential failure costs.