How do manufacturers and industrial firms use 3D prototype printing?
The most innovative manufacturing organisations, ranging from automotive, industrial machinery, aerospace and defense to footwear, sporting goods, consumer goods, consumer electronics and medical equipment, rely on 3D printing and prototyping throughout the product design and development process and across the organisation to accelerate time to market, cut costs, improve designs and win new business.
These companies use 3D printing strategically to:
Improve Designs. Successful manufacturers understand that you need to iterate to innovate. According to Wikipedia, “Iterative Design” is a design methodology based on a cyclic process of prototyping, testing, analyzing, and refining a product or process. Based on the results of testing the most recent iteration of a design, changes and refinements are made. This process is intended to ultimately improve the quality and functionality of a design.
Therefore, companies that subscribe to the iterative design process, 3D print prototypes early and often, gather feedback, refine designs and repeat, resulting in more accurate and innovative designs that their customers will purchase.
Realistic, physical 3D printed models that you can hold in your hand, measure with a caliper and place on a mock display shelf convey far more information to a variety of stakeholders than computer images.
Gain Competitive Advantage
Manufacturers can shorten their design cycles and bring products to market faster by 3D printing numerous 3D models on demand.
Companies that use 3D printing in their iterative design and development process discover and fix design errors early in the process, avoiding costly mistakes later. In addition, they can reduce costs for prototyping and tooling as well as decrease travel to production sites.
Sales reps and marketing personnel for manufacturers take realistic 3D printed models to prospects, sponsors, events and research groups. They can even be used in photography for advertising campaigns before the final product is ready.
For manufacturers who wish to develop better products faster, Mcor’s durable, low-cost concept prototypes help designers quickly and thoroughly refine new designs and ferret out potential manufacturing issues before they get expensive. Mcor’s paper-based 3D printing technology is also ideal for investment and sand casting, FEA studies and more.
For salespeople and marketers who want to show customers and prospects new products before they hit the market, Mcor’s unique full, high-definition colour 3D printed prototypes are far more realistic and powerful than brochures. There’s more understanding and more impact when customers can hold a precise replica of a new product in their hands.