The benefits that a 3D printer can offer and employing rapid prototyping offers so many benefits that are well-recognized. Whether it is a functional testing, design validation, or faster launch of a product, executives rarely need to be convinced of these benefits. So many businesses still continue to outsource their 3D printing needs as they believe that ownership is cost-prohibitive. But what most companies fail to realize is that three-dimensional printing has dramatically advanced. Now, there are a lot of new types of high-quality printers that come at affordable prices. Below are some reasons why it is a wise decision to have an in-house printer.
A prototype that has been outsourced could cost from a few hundreds of dollars for just a simple design to thousands of dollars for the more complex ones. Creating the prototype with an in-house printer can offer great savings, even if the company only prints a few models monthly.
Faster Time to Market
When it comes to outsourcing, the turnaround time rarely takes 2-3 days to get the models back. This often takes around a week or even longer. The majority of delays happen before placing the model order, in large part due to the prohibitive cost of the outsourced prototyping. For instance, a company may not order a model unless the design has advanced enough that the company thinks it is worth to spend their money.
A lot of factors can slow down the introduction of a new product during the development lifecycle of a product- everything from the tools used to the time spent on waiting for the arrival or prototypes from an outsourced vendor.
But if you opt for an in-house printing system, prototyping would lead to a more effective launch of a product, thus enabling a company to introduce more and new innovations to market ahead of the competition.
Given the competitive market we have at present, a leaked design would mean disaster, making it a must to guarantee confidentiality.
By keeping your rapid prototyping in-house with a printer, you can eliminate the need to transmit your design files to the external network. This will help ensure that the design will never get out of company premises, thus protecting intellectual property.
Accuracy and Quality
Regardless of how the prototype is produced, the main aim is to accurately simulate real-life products. In all field, precise and high-quality models are important for fit, form, and function testing. A quality 3d printer can offer visual and functional accuracy. It is capable of printing even the finest details, smallest features, moving parts, smooth surfaces, in a single build. Moreover, with a range of model materials and different post-processing options, you can create models that closely resemble the end product.
With so many affordable printers today, it is possible to make stunning models at a much lower cost in-house.