3D Printing — A Boon to the Engineering Industry

The engineering and manufacturing industries have seen a paradigm shift following the evolution of 3D CAD systems. This evolution has created numerous opportunities for the existing as well as the newcomers joining the industry.

Expiration of patients and elimination of IP hurdles has contributed to the high acclaim of the use of 3D printing machines in the engineering industry. The recent advancements in the technology have made 3D printing a dependable and the accelerated approach for launching innovative products into the markets.

The value of 3D printing has gained popularity in within the engineering fraternity, bringing greater worth and return on investment (ROI) to the business. Significant transformations have taken place in the designing of product including the product components.

According to the sources, it is acknowledged that 3D prototyping is the most imperative reason why the manufacturing companies are adopting the 3D technology, today. Along with this, the product development and innovation techniques are also paving their way into the industry.

The use of conventional manufacturing techniques has several limitations while creating an array of shapes, thus, the adaptability of these structures also become limited. With 3D printing, creating shapes becomes easier and produces structures that are more viable for production and ultimately the use of the product.

3D printing is useful for creating intricate structures and the associated assemblies easily. With the use of 3D printing technology, a significant reduction has been observed in the cost, time and labour taken in the process of enhancing the parts consisting of components or different elements, including metals. 3D printing has provided access to multi-material printing, innovative combinations, and unexplored material blends.

With the 3D Printers, the ability to print on demand has increased. This process can be either developed in-house or can be outsourced to specialist 3D printing services providers. With this, the demand for maintaining physical stock has reduced. The lag time of producing prototypes based on the customer requests have now been decreased substantially.

High-speed and flawless 3D printing is embarked upon concrete 3D designs. SOLIDWORKS demonstrates itself to be an excellent tool when it comes to 3D printing as it integrates all vital tools to offer design solutions. SOLIDWORKS integrates with Stratasys machines to print 3D designs quickly and easily.

Stratasys machines produce functioning models or end-use thermoplastic components from the desktop or shop floor. Stratasys now offers “PolyJet technology (PolyJet)” and “Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)” with an influential range of additive manufacturing elements, comprising of lucid, and biocompatible photopolymers, and sturdy high-performance thermoplastics. A perfect amalgamation of such elements helps capitalize on the perks of 3D printing all the way through the product development phase. Apart from the engineering and manufacturing community, the 3D printing technology has become an essential tool for the people coming from the art fraternity. As commonly as the 3D technology is used to build houses, commercial buildings, roadways, bridges, etc., it is also widely used to create artistic figurines. The unique feature of 3D printing technology has become a strong ally to the artistes worldwide to translate their imagination into tangible works of sculptural art.

Engineering Technique is a leading provider of 3D printing services to all manufacturing companies across the India. Engineering Technique has partnered with EnvisionTEC, as an authorized distributor for its high-quality range of 3D printers which can create 3D prints in a wide range of materials and color to Indian companies and academic institutions. Engineering Technique uses the following technologies for 3D printing:

  • Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
  • Digital Light Projector (DLP)
  • Laser-based Stereolithography (SLA)
  • Selective Layer Sintering (SLS)
  • Polyjet 3D Printing

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Originally published at engg-technique.blogspot.com on July 18, 2017.