The Benefits of 3D Printing for Machine Builders
3D printing has evolved from a basic prototyping tool concept to a sophisticated, essential production and supply chain solution. Advancements in technology and the imagination of engineers have produced additive manufacturing solutions that incorporate complex geometries and the ability to use different materials. This provides manufacturers with a powerful tool to reshape the present and reimagine the future. CNC machining and injection molding can require long lead times and expensive tooling which, in return, necessitate minimum order quantities to be profitable. The genesis of 3D printing could turn a CAD file into a prototype—eventually. The early years of additive manufacturing allowed designers to create complex geometries with internal ports and openings.