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Advantages of Additive Manufacturing

By Hardware Team / May 19, 2021

Additive manufacturing has been expanding into many industries over the past several years. The 3D printing solutions used in additive manufacturing have many advantages over traditional manufacturing. Companies looking to increase agility, reduce costs, and become more resilient to supply chain disruptions should consider the advantages of additive manufacturing to improve traditional manufacturing processes and to directly produce finished parts.

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3D printing in prototyping and low volume production

3D Printing’s Role in Prototyping and Low-Volume Production

By Hardware Team / April 28, 2021

Advancements in 3D printing as a production solution are also enabling additive manufacturing for low volume production. With tightly integrated solutions including 3D printing machines, software, and materials, additive manufacturing is enabling more effective and efficient prototypes through production workflow as well as faster time to market.

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3D-Printed Jigs and Fixtures

By Hardware Team / March 25, 2021

3D-printed jigs and fixtures have several benefits over those made by traditional methods. 3D printing solutions can help companies save time and money by eliminating skilled labor steps and optimizing production processes.

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SLA vs. DLP 3D Printing

By Hardware Team / March 4, 2021

Today, the 3D printing field has advanced in accuracy, product complexity, and the number of available processes. Companies can scale the production of complex products to high volume using two processes: stereolithography (SLA) and digital light processing (DLP).

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FDM vs. DLP 3D Printing

By Hardware Team / March 2, 2021

Two common 3D printing processes are fused deposition modeling (FDM) and digital light processing (DLP). Each of these 3D printing processes is best suited to specific product applications. Anyone interested in using 3D printing for their next product should understand the differences between FDM vs. DLP 3D printing. DLP processes and systems enable the manufacturing of products like dental appliances, medical devices, and footwear. With greater speed, better surface finishing, and isotropic material properties DLP may be a better choice for companies looking to decrease product development time, de-risk manufacturing operations, and create unique business models.

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How to Use 3D Printing Processes to Scale Up Manufacturing

By Hardware Team / December 16, 2020

Traditionally, a 3D printing process supported only functional prototypes or finished products. With advancements in 3D printing technologies and materials, the same machine and 3D printing process can produce prototypes and finished products. To scale, connected 3D printers can seamlessly print the same product at a 3D printing smart factory, making it easier to get a new product onto a production line for high volume manufacturing. Here’s an overview for getting a design into high-volume production with 3D printing.

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Benefits of Additive Manufacturing for High Volume vs. Low Volume Manufacturing

By Hardware Team / December 2, 2020

There are many considerations in choosing high volume vs. low volume manufacturing. Additive manufacturing offers a viable option for any volume. It also enables manufacturers to implement a more agile business model with less risk. Here’s how additive manufacturing is reducing the gap between high volume vs. low volume manufacturing.

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Advantages of 3D printing over traditional manufacturing

3 Advantages of 3D Printing Over Traditional Manufacturing

By Hardware Team / November 18, 2020

3D printing is often perceived as slower and more expensive than traditional production methods. Many companies incorrectly assume it to be inaccessible because it’s different and more complex. However, improvements in 3D printing technologies and increased material performance have made additive manufacturing a viable alternative. Increased agility, reduced costs and risks, and onshoring will accelerate product design through production more effectively than traditional manufacturing methods.

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3D Printing: An Alternative to Injection Molding That Requires No Tooling

By Hardware Team / November 4, 2020

For companies looking for a more cost-effective and agile alternative to injection molding, 3D printing presents a unique opportunity. To create product variants, additive manufacturing can easily refine designs digitally instead of making new molds. Eliminating tooling reduces capital expenses and product turnaround time, and increases design freedom. Read on for a more in-depth breakdown of these advantages.

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