3D printing, either in-house or outsourced to a contract manufacturer, helps footwear companies control costs, manage their risk, and create a broader range of higher quality products. If you’re looking to partner with a contract manufacturer or expand your existing footwear manufacturing operations, choose a partner or process based on 3D printing to help control costs and reduce risk.
3D printing systems eliminate the need for tooling which decreases upfront costs, reduces the inventory on hand requirement, speeds up design to production cycles, and enables a more diverse set of products manufactured at any one site. The flexibility and agility allow companies to easily implement low volume manufacturing strategies that can make them more competitive.
With 3D printing, the tooling costs to manufacture new and modified products and designs are eliminated. With no tooling and greater flexibility, 3D printing reduces the cost structure and risk, and changes the business model for manufacturers. 3D printing is changing the manufacturing industry and offers several advantages that enable agility.