5 Benefits of 3D Printing

3D printers work a lot like inkjet printers where is digital document is used to create printed pages. But instead of depositing ink on a page, 3D printers employ an additive process to deposit layers of material that can be plastic, metal or even living cells, to create three-dimensional physical objects. 3D printing offers compelling benefits, here are a few:
Cheap Manufacturing
3D printing can be used to realise lower shipping and packaging costs related to overseas parts suppliers. This can prove extremely cost-efficient for a small businesses, particularly those with customized product offerings.
Although currently 3D home-printed objects are not necessarily cheaper than their mass-manufactured counter parts, printing your own personalized objects can be a satisfying experience for many.
Rapid Prototyping
3D printers can reduce the time it takes to manufacture a prototype from several days or even weeks, to a matter of hours. This translates into massive cost savings and facilitates an on-demand manufacturing model that can radically accelerate speed with which products can go from research to market.
Lower Cost, Less Waste
Additive manufacturing uses less energy and reduces waste. The result is lower impact on the environment and significant cost savings in the manufacturing process. The cost of 3D printed objects is expected to be lowered by improvements to additive manufacturing techniques, cheaper consumables, main stream adoption and self-replicating practices.
Democratization of Design
As the costs fall, usability improves and the technology becomes more accessible, more people will be able to design and produce the products they need, when they need them. This type of consumer empowerment will radically redefine the contemporary industrial supply chain.
These are early days still, but the future is waiting to be printed.

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