3D Printing End-Use Parts?
You bet. It’s called additive manufacturing (AM), and it’s our absolute favorite topic.
In order to use a 3D printer to produce end use parts, a few crucial criteria need to be met:
- Dimensional accuracy within specified tolerances
- 24/7 duty cycle
- Lower cost per part than traditional manufacturing methods
There are some industrial 3D printers on the market that meet the first 3 requirements, however they all come up sorely lacking in the 4th. Or, they meet the 4th requirement, and fall down in one (or more) of the other areas. It’s why we searched the world to find 3ntr.
3ntr delivers on all of the above, and more.
Benefits of 3D printing End-Use Parts
First, you don’t need to design to traditional manufacturing constraints when using a 3D printer to produce your end-use parts – you can move from DFM (Design for Manufacturing) to DFAM (Design for Additive Manufacturing).
Additional benefits include:
- Use less material (and quit wasting material with subtractive manufacturing methods)
Our printers use a variety of 3D printed parts, including this soft filament unit, used to feed flexible materials to the machine.
- Reduced weight
- More functional design
- Combine multiple parts into one (lower part counts and tolerance stackup)
- Lower parts costs (by 50%!)
- Build multi-material parts in a single job
- Eliminate need for expensive and time-consuming tooling
Some Parts Well-Suited for End-Use Applications
While there are many possibilities, we’ve identified a few clear candidates for 3D printing end-use parts:
- Internal components
- Motor Covers
- Simple Mechanisms
- Lower quantity requirements (10’s to 1000’s per month)
This list is in no way all-inclusive. We encourage you to take a look at your current products, and around your warehouse and shop floor for potential candidates.
Want to learn more?
Be sure to check out the specs on our printers, and see why they can deliver the results you need.
We can even help you determine your ROI, as well as cost per part.