Outsourcing 3D Printing
Why should you consider working with an external service provider?
Purchasing an industrial 3D printer is only one of the possibilities currently available on the additive manufacturing market. Devices can also be rented or leased. Another solution is to outsource 3D printing, which takes place through cooperation between a given entity and a service company that has 3D printers and provides 3D printing on demand.
Why, however, is it worth devoting more time to outsourcing 3D printing when planning your company’s strategy? Let’s take a closer look at the two main benefits of outsourcing and the process of starting cooperation.
Savings in this context are understood in two ways – as saving money and time.
3D printing supports the proper handling of resources inside a company, which obtains access to spare parts or parts for machines and production lines in an unlimited number and exactly when the need arises. It takes just a few hours to print a part. The effect? Reduction in downtime during the implementation of individual projects and reduction in delays that result from waiting for tools, parts and subsequent versions of prototypes.
It is not difficult to imagine a situation in which we need a part immediately for a production line or a replacement element for a machine. What if it is not available or the waiting time for it is so long that it can disrupt the whole enterprise? In this situation, 3D printing has a definite advantage. Even if the 3D-printed component is not able to withstand the highest loads, it is worth using even when waiting for the part we are interested in to come from the warehouse. It allows you to avoid big losses.
Outsourcing 3D printing is a great way to keep up with the competition when you do not have the right equipment or the budget to invest in these devices. Renting 3D printers or 3D printing on demand lets you save costs related to the need to train employees in this technology. We test new materials and designs for you. Projects we have already carried out prove that 3D printing saves up to 90% of costs and 80% of time!
Knowledge and technology
Undoubtedly, 3D printing can constitute an important competitive advantage.
This technology is conquering the market, opening up new opportunities in prototyping and the creation of spare and final parts; it is used in industries from automotive, medicine and aerospace to design, architecture and clothing. Because it allows you to create complex models and implement difficult projects faster than it was previously imagined, it is no wonder that more and more companies are implementing this technology.
As managers and business owners, we look for solutions that guarantee the stability of knowledge and experience. In many organisations, 3D printing outsourcing means you can check safely the profitability of technology and have time to learn about it. Outsourcing to specialists in the 3D printing industry allows a company to focus on its key competences.
Outsourcing 3D printing also opens up a company to a wide range of options. Individual parts printed from various materials can be tested, and new solutions, ideas and technology can be explored much faster. Because 3D printing is a more economic form of production (material waste is minimal), you do not have to be afraid of printing subsequent versions of a given model and testing how the elements work in real conditions. You can, for example, cleverly reduce production downtime.
Buying your own 3D printer has the obvious advantage of preserving all the knowledge and know-how associated with printed projects inside the organisation. Custom 3D printing, however, is an ideal introduction to implementing this technology or a way to carry out certain orders.
How do you apply 3D printing in your company properly? You should start by talking to experienced 3D printing technologists, who will help you choose not only the right printing technology, but also the best materials that will work in a given production process. These choices depend on many factors – above all budget.
Today, considering the durability of printouts, the cheapest solution is FFF technology. Cooperation should start with the printing of the initial versions of prototypes, and then move on to the creation of fully functional final elements.