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Industrial Production of Finished Products

3D Printed Part

From its inception until just recently, 3D printing was largely used for prototyping. Today, improvements to technology and metal integration have led to a strong trend towards direct production of finished products. It is thought that 29% of 3D printing applications in 2014 were used to produce finished products.

There are many advantages to using 3D printing to produce finished products:

  • It reduces tooling, requiring no tools or models.
  • It reduces inventories and storage costs since products are stored virtually.
  • It reduces assembly and handling because several assembled parts can be replaced by a single part.
  • It means that more complex parts can be made, regardless of quantity, virtually doing away with economies of scale.
  • It allows parts to be optimized for use, with no concern for the manufacturing process.