3D printing equipment offers a plethora of manufactured products and components.  3D printing is recognised for its ability to save time and produce products in mass production as well as shortening long supply chains.  Supporting industry sectors such as automotive, health, construction, fashion and home-ware, 3D printing offers a wider range of prospects to many companies.

There is no doubt that considered investment in 3D printing equipment could really boost your business, whether you are already operating as an established manufacturer of goods or indeed embarking on setting up a new 3D printing start up business.  Historically 3D printing has been around for some time now; however it has only been developed businesses who could worthily invest in 3D printing equipment because it came at such a high cost.  Now that the price of 3D printing equipment has began to reduce,  we are just at the start of a 3D printing phenomenon which could see SME startup businesses emerge through many areas of commerce.

What to look out for when buying 3D printing equipment

If your company is considering investment in 3D printing equipment, then here are some aspects to think about before you buy!

Price - 3D printers under $500 are not recognized for their quality in printing. If you are exploring a 3D printing start-up business then it is worth considering an increase in your budget. If you are buying a printer to just experiment with, then you may find a cheaper option is perfectly ok.

Resin or Filament – Filament 3D printers are more common.  The filament is melted via a HotEnd onto a bed and then layered from the bottom and upwards through the print process. Resin 3D printing equipment uses liquid resin.  It is generally more expensive and messier to work with but produces a better quality print than the Filament option.

Noise – 3D printers are known to be noisy and as they often need to run for several hours at a time, the noise can become a factor in your choice.  Some models are quieter than others, however it is still worth investigating in methods to reduce the noise such as allocating an individual room and using sound proofing techniques.

Speed – Filament printers are known to be quicker than their Resin competitors. When producing small print jobs, faster printing won’t impact on quality, however larger prints could lose detail if printed too quickly and may even create problems such as vertical banding or ringing.

Quality and Accuracy – The quality and accuracy of 3D printer brands vary widely.  Hitting the printer bed at exactly the same time versus depositing exactly the same amount of material at each point of the print has to be so precise and can be a great challenge.  It is imperative that investors do their research and even try out some samples to ensure that from what you buy, can then be achieved.

Does your company operate in additive manufacturing or are your look to embark on a new 3D printing startup business? Here at Crendon Insurance we support companies in all stages of growth to ensure that they are fully supported against any risks that may occur.  Our bespoke insurance packages cover many aspects of insurance and are tailored to suit your business and expansion plans especially in terms of 3D printing equipment.  Our policies include: 3D printing insurance, intellectual property insurance, commercial building insurance and startup business. Please contact us for further information or see our commercial insurance products available through our website.

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