3D printing and additive manufacturing is often associated with mass production by offering the ability to mass produce standard items at a fraction of the cost in comparison to earlier manufacturing methods where there can often be long supply chains. Its streamlined approach and concise reproduction of objects means that the exact piece can be reproduced in quantities of tens, hundreds and thousands. Printing from a blueprint, each object is printed in exactly the same format and material each time and because it is produced via a printer, its automated approach means that it can be printed fast, 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.
In contrast to mass production, 3D printing also offers the ability to print customized products and pieces in much smaller quantities. This is significant to those who wish to sell in smaller quantities or those who would like to product one off / limited addition items.
3D printing is not just about mass production for manufacturing
In today’s society and with the explosion of social media, consumers are always looking for something that’s a little more individual, a unique piece that is personal to their own likes in style and colour preference. 3D printing paves the way for this market and give manufacturers the tools to expand their creativity to design and make more personalized products.
Operating in the UK, does your manufacturing company use 3D printing / additive manufacturing to produce goods or are you a design innovator within the field? Crendon Insurance are here to assist businesses who are developing new methods of manufacturing within their business, using digital technology. To find out how we can support your company further, please contact us for a confidential review or see our 3D printing / additive manufacturing website pages.
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