What can 3D printing be used for?

3d printing applications

Producing a small, functional part in a 3D printer was an amazing achievement a few years ago. Currently, the industrial sector is looking forward to even more advancements with the 3D printer. In fact, this technology has even more applications in various industries with cost savings as the main advantage. Get to know what 3D printing can be used for as production lines ramp up their manufacturing processes.

  1. Metal Parts

When engineers need metal components, they don’t automatically turn to a 3D printing service. However, this train of thought must be revolutionized. Metal parts can be created through 3D processes for several industries, such as:

  • Dentistry
  • Production casting
  • Mechanical applications

The service involves a 3D rendering of the item, a dip into a ceramic slurry and a shell arises afterward. Fill the shell with a chosen metal, allow it to cool and a metal part is born. 

Businesses save on time and costs with this production process. Any miscalculations are quickly corrected and applied to the final product. 

Tiny fans, metal components, and dental crowns can all be made out of a 3D-print job. Engineers must simply think out of the box when they’re deciding on production methods.

  1. Production Jigs

One of the biggest costs associated with product assembly is creating the working areas to form the items in the first place. Jigs and fixtures can be incredibly expensive to make before the product can even be sold to cover the investment costs. Certain providers, including 3D Hubs, can print jigs and fixtures through 3D methods.

The 3D printing service might serve an electronics line or household-fan production facility, for example. Jigs and fixtures are used in every conceivable industry as items are built from the ground up.

Holding the product parts in place with attention to angles and strength is possible with 3D fixtures. They’re just as strong as a traditional holder but at a fraction of the price.

  1. Injection Molds

Injection molds are traditionally made from metal. Thousands of parts are then created by adding liquid materials to the molds and cooling them off.

Engineers face challenges, however, when they don’t require thousands of parts. They can’t justify the price of paying for a metal injection mold when only 100 parts are necessary.

A 3D printing service can create a mold that will last for a low-run production process. Parts for limited-edition electronics, such as plastic housings, are perfectly suited to this manufacturing method. In fact, any low-run application that requires injection molding can benefit from 3D prints.

The mold itself is entirely low cost, which brings the price down on the parts as a whole. A production line isn’t sidetracked with this low-run order either. Keep any other injection-molding process running for high-volume runs.
Visit 3D Hubs for the latest solutions in 3D printing. From plastic to metal, printing materials have come a long way to meet most industry needs. With a single order, profit margins can increase with faster production times right around the corner.

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