3D printing has been talk of the town in the past few years. But the truth is that it is decades old. With development of new technology and scanners getting smaller and smaller, 3D printing technology has now reached millions of houses as well as in the SME sector. It is expected to change consumer behavior and will have a huge impact in the traditional Business setup which we have all been following all these years. Here’s the 7 ways 3D printing can increase productivity.
1. OPENING OF BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
As said earlier, 3D printing technology will open up new Business opportunities and challenge existing setups. We already have few examples. Food Ink, World’s first 3D printing restaurant in London where even the utensils and
Furniture used are 3D printed including the food leads the list. It also opens up a huge job opportunity for Engineering Graduates who can help provide service to clients of startups providing 3D printers and ancillary services. It also opens a huge opportunity for designers, both in interior, fashion as well as food and product designing. It can also give exisiting Busineses a run for their money as several households would prefer using such devices to decorate their homes.
2. HELPS BUILD SPARE PARTS AND NEW TOOLS
Hypothetical Scenario: Imagine yourself running a Service Center for Maruti and you ran out of stock for a critical spare part needed for replacement in one of your client’s car. No sweat! You can use your 3D printer provided by your Compnay and get the job done without waiting for new stock to arrive. With the power of customization, such printers can help mechanics and Businesmen come up with special Tools or spare parts when they need them the most. These can be made using any material and in double quick time saving time and money for everyone.
3. LESS WASTE MORE TASTE
With effective designs and the power of using recyclable material, 3D printers can reduce operational waste every Industry has to deal with. All they need to do is to convert material into liquid form and send it back for printer filament supply. It can also increase efficiency in use of materials. This brings more taste in terms of design and looks with less wastage of resources.
4. FREEDOM OF CUSTOMISATION
With new software and latest designs, 3D printing gives customers, owners, Businessmen and others amazing customisation power to decorate their homes as per their liking at minimal cost; to produce products which can be sold at cheapest prices and to come up with designs which can hit the fashion market in a few hours. All you need to do is to have a ready set of liquid plastic filament which can be sourced through suppliers, get a 3D printer, a software which can help you bring your designs to reality, wear your hat of creativity and create products which can suit your taste as well as the tools needed to make them.
5. SPEED OF PRODUCTION
Recently, a construction firm in China claimed to have build a 400 sq metre house in 45 days using 3D printers. This is the level of speed such technoology can come up with at 100% efficiency. 3D printers can help increase speed of production with minimal human intervention and less use of components needed to join parts. Where tradtional production techniques are bound to make errors in manufacturing, there is less probability of error in 3D manufacturing as it is dependent on product design.
6. MITIGATE RISK
Before launching a product for production, 3D printers can be used to make a live prototype of the product’s drawn design and test run it to check its effectiveness in the long run. This can beenefit designers to check for any flaws which might occur when the product is being used in real time and accordingly make changes in the design to reduce ineffciency caused by the flaw. This can save the Company millions of money which it might have lost in terms of product recalls, servicing through warranty payments etc.
7. GO GREEN AND SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT
The use of 3D printing technology can reduce the burden of Waste pollution on the Environment. Just imagine all the plastic and non bio degradable waste being converted into printer filament using shredders, chemicals and twisters and being used to create innumerable products for the poor. Protoprint, a Pune based startup has tied up with NGO Swach and has been working on this initiative for the last 5 years or so. They have made agreements with Municipal Waste collectors for their supply of plastic waste and convert those waste into filament yarns for their printers to make tools, stationery and other such products for their clients. This gives the people who are involved with this project a source of livelihood.
So these are certain factors on how 3D printing can increase productivity. Let me know your views.