Speed innovation and differentiate your organization
3D printing solutions are driving a revolution across many industries in a variety of applications. Designers, architects, engineers, inventors, researchers, doctors, teachers, students, and others are using 3D solutions to do things like create objects, enhance designs, improve production times, and reduce overall costs.
3D Printing Advantages
Today's 3D printers are available in several models from personal to desktop to production. And they are easy to operate and maintain, which is contributing to their increasing popularity. Here are a few of the key advantages:
- Stimulate creativity and cross-organizational collaboration
- Gain competitive advantages by optimizing processes
- Accelerate development of prototypes or in-house samples
- Reduce modeling/manufacturing costs
- Expedite Q&A testing and increase speed to market
- Generate new sources of revenue
Explore Applications and Uses
Aerospace, automotive, heavy equipment, and product designers and engineers use 3D printing solutions for the rapid manufacturing of end-use parts and save significant time and costs using 3D prints as casting patterns.
Energy producers and suppliers use 3D printers to help ensure ready access to the tools that are powering innovation across sectors of renewable energy, electrical power, the petroleum industry, and alternative energy sources.
Medical providers and researchers are driving medical treatment and research forward with the help of custom 3D solutions that include precise dental models, custom surgical guides, implantable devices, hearing aids, and prosthetics among others.
Education and government institutes of all levels and disciplines are using 3D printing solutions as a means of providing real-world applications and hands-on discovery in math, science, geography, engineering, and architecture.
During the development of consumer products, from electronics to home care to fashion accessories, 3D printing solutions are being used to improve communication and collaboration. And creative professionals are producing 3D signs, letters, nameplates, and more.
These are just a few examples of the endless possibilities and opportunities 3D printing technologies can bring to an organization. Get more examples of how your industry is using 3D printing solutions from your Zones account manager or call 800.408.9663.
How does 3D printing work?
3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. In an additive process, an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as hundreds or thousands of thinly sliced horizontal cross-sections of the eventual object. A prepared file is uploaded in the 3D printer and it proceeds to create the object by reading and blending each layer with no sign of the layering visible, resulting in one three-dimensional object.