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Heyy JP Here!

I’ve already shared on here some time ago that I already had a 3d printer. I just picked up a new one and this was way cheaper and way more sophisticated compared to my old printer.

I grabbed a ender 3 pro over on Amazon. I’m super impressed by this machine, its sub 250$ and it took less than 30 minutes for me to assemble and calibrate the levels and have it printing my parts perfectly.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GYRQVYV/?tag=tff-amazonparser-20

3d printing is the future of small businesses. Even the bigger businesses need to take notice, I have a job in manufacturing and there are so many things ranging from small parts to 5S tools that can be created by 3d printers immediately on the spot.

I thought I’ll list a few things I can share with you that you’ll be able to do with 3d printing

Prototyping and Product Development. -

This one is probably the most obvious one, 3d printing costs are constantly decreasing every year and is a very cost effective alternative to outsourcing product development.

This is a opportunity where you can keep developing tens or hundreds of prototypes and testing different variations and improving the weak spots before launching within a hundred dollar budget as opposed to thousands of dollars.

You can make molds, functional models, or actual working products and have them tested on the market prior to bringing it to a mass manufacturer.


Customizing Products -
A product might already exist but you can always come up with a custom improvement and you’ll be able to customize.

The advantage of having a 3d printer makes it easy to customize attachments or adjustments to already existing product to improve upon it and to sell.

Promotional Goods -
As you all know here promotional goods can be powerful for a company’s marketing strategy. Most of the time when you try to drop in some promotional goods with a product it can be really expensive and it’ll add up costs quickly. 3d printing is getting to the point where it won’t have the same restrictions you face in those costs.

Print Farms -
They are what they sound like. If you invest in a number of printers you can print on demand for clients or for specific products. Then you can start offering commercial 3d printing services for others.


Those are only a few I could think off the top of my head and if you guys can think of more ideas to take advantage of the 3d printer feel free to share!
 

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I'm still waiting for 3D printing to be able to 3D print glass. There's some articles on this but it doesn't seem to be ready for the mainstream yet.
 

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This topic is somewhat my forte.

My view:
The truly valuable side of the industry is the compilation of accurate and predictive data. Only select companies are actively pursuing this information in the proper fashion. Data research is integral to the application of the various additive technologies, since at the moment there are races to reach certain benchmarks.

Whoever can apply the proper data with the proper technology will end up dominating this industry.
 

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Heyy JP Here!

I’ve already shared on here some time ago that I already had a 3d printer. I just picked up a new one and this was way cheaper and way more sophisticated compared to my old printer.

I grabbed a ender 3 pro over on Amazon. I’m super impressed by this machine, its sub 250$ and it took less than 30 minutes for me to assemble and calibrate the levels and have it printing my parts perfectly.

Comgrow Creality Ender 3 Pro 3D Printer with Removable Build Surface Plate and UL Certified Power Supply 220x220x250mm: Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific

3d printing is the future of small businesses. Even the bigger businesses need to take notice, I have a job in manufacturing and there are so many things ranging from small parts to 5S tools that can be created by 3d printers immediately on the spot.

I thought I’ll list a few things I can share with you that you’ll be able to do with 3d printing

Prototyping and Product Development. -
This one is probably the most obvious one, 3d printing costs are constantly decreasing every year and is a very cost effective alternative to outsourcing product development.

This is a opportunity where you can keep developing tens or hundreds of prototypes and testing different variations and improving the weak spots before launching within a hundred dollar budget as opposed to thousands of dollars.

You can make molds, functional models, or actual working products and have them tested on the market prior to bringing it to a mass manufacturer.


Customizing Products -
A product might already exist but you can always come up with a custom improvement and you’ll be able to customize.

The advantage of having a 3d printer makes it easy to customize attachments or adjustments to already existing product to improve upon it and to sell.

Promotional Goods -
As you all know here promotional goods can be powerful for a company’s marketing strategy. Most of the time when you try to drop in some promotional goods with a product it can be really expensive and it’ll add up costs quickly. 3d printing is getting to the point where it won’t have the same restrictions you face in those costs.

Print Farms -
They are what they sound like. If you invest in a number of printers you can print on demand for clients or for specific products. Then you can start offering commercial 3d printing services for others.


Those are only a few I could think off the top of my head and if you guys can think of more ideas to take advantage of the 3d printer feel free to share!
How fast does it print items? Is it really useful for promotional items (bulk qty items)? I imagined 3d printers being slow and taking 15-30 minutes for a single print. Would be cool if they could go faster than that, but I haven't done any research. At $250 I'll probably pick one up though. That's a great price.
 

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How fast does it print items? Is it really useful for promotional items (bulk qty items)? I imagined 3d printers being slow and taking 15-30 minutes for a single print. Would be cool if they could go faster than that, but I haven't done any research. At $250 I'll probably pick one up though. That's a great price.
They are great for prototyping and one off/low volume stuff but not suitable at all for bulk quantities. Get your design perfected and locked down using your personal 3D printer then send it off to a manufacturer for volume duplication is the general route taken.
 
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They are great for prototyping and one off/low volume stuff but not suitable at all for bulk quantities. Get your design perfected and locked down using your personal 3D printer then send it off to a manufacturer for volume duplication is the general route taken.
@RazorCut Is right, if you're looking at the big picture its perfect for prototyping. HOWEVER, it's a good way to use the printer to test the market and you can sell working and viable product.

Also, You can use the 3d printer to create models for molds or molds themselves for concrete, silicone and plastic. Although, for the plastic you'll need the resin printer which is in the ballpark of 3k and print out the High Temp Resin. FormLabs has a great website about applying the 3d printer to industrial means.

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They're a great compliment for other machines like a CNC, Laser Etch because you can make/print custom improvements, replacements, or even print out a mostly printed low-cost unit.
 

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Another area where 3d printing can be used is in manufacturing tooling. In certain situations where strength is not critical, it can save a ton of money. 3D printed forms for sheet metal (which obviously don't last as long as a metal form) are also used sometimes if the quantity of parts is low or if a metal form can't be fabricated quick enough.

Definitely a lot of of potential with 3d printing, and it will be interested to see how the technology advances.
 

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