ON-DEMAND PRINTING AND SHIPPING
We will directly print from digital models allowing orders to go straight into production if there is a qualified design. Companies that leverage 3D printing can eliminate excess inventory by printing orders on-demand with minimum order quantities as low as 1.
In most cases, custom tooling can be eliminated, and manufacturing accelerated through a new and revised design. Modifications can be made to the CAD model and the product immediately reprinted.
Additive manufacturing can produce complex parts, allowing consolidation of sub-parts that make up an assembly. This helps streamline manufacturing and allows 3D printing to be more cost competitive.
Automated manufacturing and machines create flexibility for the customer and the manufacturer by reducing labor costs, logistical costs, and can speed up product delivery.
FAST AND AFFORDABLE
AM is best fit when production volumes are anywhere from a quantity of one to a few thousand, and the designs are moderate to very complex. Often it makes sense when there is a design that is impossible or impractical to manufacture with traditional methods.
FDM/FFF makes small to medium production practical, affordable and efficient because there is minimal post processing, materials are relatively inexpensive and readily available, and parts are produced directly from 3D CAD data.
Parts produced through FDM or FFF are highly durable, dimensionally accurate, and can be made from a wide variety of materials such as ABS, Nylon, Polycarbonate, PEI (Ultem), and fiber reinforced composites.
LESS INVENTORY AND WASTE
Additive manufacturing can help reduce lead times, material waste, and the amount of inventory on-hand because you can gradually produce parts on-demand with 3D printing. Traditional methods require minimum order quantities which are intended to cover the high upfront cost of tooling. This leaves customers dealing with warehousing and inventory management as well as wasted material if a design change is made.
POST PROCESSING AND ASSEMBLY
FDM or FFF requires the removal of support material in some parts that include overhangs and other complex design features. Our team selects the optimal part orientation to achieve part strength and minimum amount of support needed. We easily remove or dissolve supports for our customers and provide some assembly of components as well.
Since traditional tooling is aimed at the production of one design, AM is an efficient and optimized solution for products that are continuously changing – either through product revisions or through order-by-order customization. FDM/FFF technology extends the product life with minimal expense or inventory and can also continue to manufacture small parts even after products are retired.