3D-Printing an effective alternative to contract manufacturing

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3D models printed with 3D Printing

As many people know have 3D printing has taken a big place in the industry when it comes to prototyping, but what many forget is that 3D printing is just as effective for producing ordinary practical details. Because 3D printing builds up the product or detail step by step, there is not as much material waste as there is with normal traditional methods where you remove material from a larger piece of metal, for example, to produce a detail or product. 

Advantages of 3D printing compared to traditional processing 

There are several advantages to using 3D printing technology over traditional processing methods. Here are some of the main reasons: 

Design freedom

With 3D printing, complex geometries and shapes can be created that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to manufacture using traditional methods. It provides a high degree of design freedom and the opportunity to create customized and unique products. 

Rapid prototyping

3D printing enables rapid manufacturing of prototypes and sample items. It reduces the time and cost that would otherwise be required to produce prototypes using traditional methods, such as injection molding or casting. 

Cost-effective manufacturing

Serial production with 3D printing can be more cost-effective than traditional methods. This is because expensive tools or molds are not required, which reduces the initial investment costs, the 3D printers also do not need to be staffed throughout the manufacturing process, which contributes to additional location costs. 

Reduced waste

3D printing allows for more efficient use of materials by using only what is needed to create the specific product. It decreases the waste and can be more environmentally friendly than traditional methods where larger amounts of material may be lost during processing. 

Complex internal structures

With 3D printing, components and products can be created with complex internal structures, including hollow structures or internal channels. This can be particularly beneficial in areas such as the aerospace and automotive industries, where weight reduction and optimization of internal flows are important factors. 

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A CAD program, which stands for "Computer-Aided Design," is an important component when it comes to ordering 3D prints for industrial purposes. CAD programs are specialized software used to create detailed and accurate digital models of objects, components or prototypes. These digital models serve as basic blueprints or designs needed to produce physical objects using 3D printing technology.

.STL (stereolithography) is a file format used to represent 3D geometry, especially surfaces made up of triangles. It is a common format in 3D printing and is used to describe models to be printed in 3D printers.

.STEP (Standard for the Exchange of Product Data) is a standard for exchanging 3D models and product data between different CAD (Computer-Aided Design) programs. It is a common format in industry and is used to transfer detailed 3D models of components and products.