Augment and transform traditional manufacturing.
"Additive manufacturing" is a term used nearly interchangeably with 3D printing. We like it because it speaks to the incredible power 3D printing has to add speed, agility, and insight to your manufacturing processes.
Additive manufacturing is attracting well-deserved interest and attention under the name 3D printing. But while remarkable stories grab news headlines and fuel the popular imagination, a less-visible shift is taking place behind the scenes that is reshaping how nearly everything is made. It’s helping companies worldwide push the limits of innovation while reducing costs, streamlining operations, and accelerating time to market.
Discover New Possibilities
If your final parts will be 3D printed, you can set aside the usual design-for-manufacturing constraints. Built layer-by-layer from the bottom up, 3D printed parts can be more geometrically complex, lighter-weight, easier to assemble, and just as durable as traditionally manufactured parts.
Deliver Just in Time
Excess inventory zaps your bottom line. 3D printing tools and parts directly from digital files can reduce waste and lower warehousing costs. Plus, by eliminating the usual lead times, you can respond to demand spikes, design changes, or damaged tools with greater agility.
Reduce Tooling Costs and Risks
Machined tools are time consuming and costly. In just days or even hours, you can 3D print patterns, molds, or tool masters directly from CAD data and prove out your designs using the same process and materials you’ll use for your end product.
Bond, seal, and beautify 3D printed parts.
For prototypes nearly indistinguishable from injection molded products, advanced tooling applications, and durable custom devices that are pleasing in look and feel, apply some simple post-processing to your 3D printed parts.See Finishing Processes Applications
3D print molds for prototyping in the final material.
PolyJet 3D Printing has made it feasible to quickly create custom injection molds that produce low volumes of parts in the final production plastic. This is especially useful for prototypes, which can now be created onsite in just hours, from mold design to final test product, using the normal plastic injection molding process and production materials for accurate functional testing.See Injection Molding Applications
Jigs & Fixtures
3D printing for custom manufacturing tools.
Manufacturers rely on highly customized jigs and fixtures to ensure quality, efficiency, and worker safety. 3D printing streamlines and enhances the production of these tools, resulting in greater productivity and better ergonomics.See Jigs & Fixtures Applications
Streamline production and customize designs on the fly.
Quick, low-volume tooling and custom fixtures give manufacturers the flexibility to embrace more opportunities, act faster, and shrink the cost and risk associated with traditional production.See Manufacturing Tooling Applications
Embrace rapid manufacturing.
One of the rewards of the 3D printing revolution is the ability to begin production without the delay and expense of tooling, and to produce customized, geometrically complex products free from traditional manufacturing constraints. Now you can realize revenue without time-consuming inventory management. With in-house, on-demand production, inventory becomes a digital file at your fingertips.See Production Parts Applications