3D Printer Buyer’s Guide For Professional and Production Applications
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3D Printing is more than just prototyping. Today, 3D Printing offers transformative advantages at every phase of creation, from initial concept design to production of final products and all steps in between. Today’s competitive environment makes choosing the right 3D printers for every phase of creation more important than ever.
Just a few years ago in-house 3D printing was enjoyed by only a few professional design engineers and was often limited to printing concept models and some prototypes. Once considered a novel luxury, 3D printing has proven to yield long-term strategic value by enhancing design-to-manufacturing capabilities and speeding time to market. Today, 3D printing technologies have allowed an ever-growing number of creators, designers, engineers, physicians, researchers, academics and manufacturers to unleash and multiply the benefits of rapid in-house 3D printing across the entire creation process.
Leading companies are now using 3D printing to evaluate more concepts in less time to improve decisions early in product development. As the design process moves forward, technical decisions are iteratively tested at every step to guide decisions big and small, to achieve improved performance, lower manufacturing costs, delivering higher quality and more successful product introductions. In pre-production, 3D printing is enabling faster first article production to support marketing and sales functions, and early adopter customers. And in final production processes, 3D printing is enabling higher productivity, increased flexibility, reduced warehouse and other logistics costs, economical customization, improved quality, reduced product weight, and greater efficiency in a growing number of industries.
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology is at the heart of a growing trend in mass custom manufacturing as well as functional prototyping. The right additive technologies, materials and finishes are transforming manufacturing.
Digital-direct thermoplastic manufacturing offers exceptional quality while opening the door to novel design parameters not possible with injection molding. It also bypasses the long lead time and up-front investment in injection molding tooling. If you measure your finished parts on the three dimensions: quality, time to market, and cost per cubic inch, in many situations industrial SLS offers a better total value proposition.
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When it comes to metal additive manufacturing it takes more than a 3D CAD model and a good printer to achieve successful prints. You also need the right metal additive manufacturing software to bridge the gap between your design files and 3D printer to help your ideas become a reality.
There are a number of independent metal additive manufacturing software solutions available, but many can only perform part of the process, leaving you with a string of software solutions. An all-in-one integrated metal additive manufacturing software solution removes this complexity.
Benefits of Integrated Metal Additive Manufacturing Software
Make sure you are getting the most out of additive manufacturing by using the right software. An all-in-one integrated metal additive manufacturing software solution can help to:
Enable successful prints by setting the correct orientation and creating supports
Optimize design to achieve lighter parts with enhanced functional properties
Lower total cost of operations by minimizing print time and reducing material consumption
Streamline the preparation and optimization workflows to minimize design to manufacture lead time
A Critical Element for Successful and Profitable Metal 3D Printing
Metal 3D printing is revolutionizing the manufacturing process, but did you know it takes more than a 3D CAD model and a good printer to get a successful print?
A gap exists between your 3D CAD model and your 3D printed part. CAD solutions do not include the proper tools for a file to be ready for additive manufacturing. Therefore, sending a CAD file directly to print will usually fail.
A dedicated and integrated Metal AM software handles all preparation and optimization actions that are required for a printed part to meet the desired CAD model specifications and for you to achieve a successful print.