TOP 10 WAYS: 3D Printing Accelerates Product Design

1 There’s no better way to validate design ideas than to test physical prototypes.

Printing functional prototypes that closely match the mechanical properties of your production design lets you quickly and inexpensively test ideas. The faster you iterate, the better your design is and the faster you can get to market.  

2 Precision plastic prototypes, like those from PasticJet technology, match your design intent.

PlasticJet technology ensures the printed design is True-to-CAD. The liquid polymer droplets metered through MJP print heads are already partially solidified when they hit their targets, so they hold their shapes and positions through UV curing. This results in sharper edges, better feature detail and more accuracy than other jetting 3D printers.

3 Today’s in-office 3D printers offer accuracy and precision that typically costs hundreds of thousands of dollars through traditional manufacturing.

Unmatched accuracy and precision means you can trust 3D printing service technology to print parts with the dimensions and functionality you expect.

4 3D printed plastic parts are functional, long-lasting, and stable.

Designed to mimic the material properties of injection molded parts, 3D plastic materials retain their function and shape over time. Parts made with plastic work in fit, function, and mechanical tests to validate designs ahead of cutting tooling for injection molding.  

5 A single prototype can be printed in multiple composite materials with varying properties.

The Polyjet technology mixes materials on-the-fly, with selectable durometers ranging from soft elastomerics to fully rigid plastics.

6 3D printing isn’t just for plastics.

Metal parts can be printed directly or indirectly as casting patterns. 3D Direct Metal technology print parts in a variety of alloys.

7 Post processing is nearly hands-free.

Most of 3D printers use wax support material to hold parts as they're being printed, so removing supports is as easy as melting wax in an oven. Because of that, there is a minimum risk to break the parts when we have to take them out from the machines.

8 3D printing lets you create nearly limitless geometries.

Unlike CNC, 3D printing carries no penalty for geometric complexity. Even internal features, including functioning assemblies, can be printed all at once with Direct Metal. And as long as wax supports can drain out, there is no limitation imposed by support removal, unlike other technologies that require manual removal of supports.  

9 Shrink product development times and costs to stay ahead of the competition.

3D printing a concept the same day it was designed compresses the development process. Cut your turnaround time from months to days and get your ideas into the marketplace ahead of your competitors  

10 Today’s 3D printers are more reliable and robust than ever.

Nowadays 3D printing has a large variety of materials and technologies. What are you waiting for? Try it now with us! 
  • Rapidsol
  • 24/11/2015

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