Your Guide for Buying a 3D Printer: Part 2

3D Printing Service ProJet 1000You may recall that last time we started discussing the different attributes you should be looking for when in the market to buy a 3D printer. For both 3D printing and 3D scanning applications, it’s essential that you pick up the right piece of equipment to complete the job you need to perform. We’re continuing on in our series of articles today, offering up guidance so you’re sure to purchase the right equipment.

For Pre-Production

If you plan on using 3D scanning and printing technology for pre-production, you’re going to want to make sure the device you buy excels at this task. Pre-production involves pretty much any manufacturing that takes place before a large scale order of a product. So, if you just want to do a small run, it can be incredibly expensive to do so using traditional methods. But, if you’ve invested in a 3D printer and scanner, you can print out parts quickly and easily in your office. You can scan in components should you decide to make physical changes. Then you can create new pre-production models in a matter of days, rather than the weeks it would take to send items back out for manufacturing. This greatly reduces the amount of time between this pre-production phase and product launch.

Digital Geometric Design

Some designs just can’t be produced using traditional manufacturing. This is why digital 3D printing and 3D scanning are such invaluable technologies. On a computer, you’re afforded the ability to create designs that aren’t as limited geometrically. Items can be much more complex and intricate than they would be when mass produced and they don’t require the labor of making something by hand. The possibilities result in items that are more detailed and more functional. This also has the added benefit of reducing the amount of waste produced. Since material is only laid down as it’s used, there isn’t as much cast off from the finished product. This saves money on materials, labor, and well, everything from a manufacturing stand point.

The applications for digital design include dental devices, medical instruments, jewelry, and more.

Next time, we’ll continue to discuss some of the things you need to keep in mind when purchasing 3D scanning technology. Though it might seem a bit complicated at first, in actuality it’s rather straightforward. We hope to make the process is easy as possible.