Advantages of 3D-Print
1. Custom designed pieces
3D-print allows for custom-made pieces with mass-production quality (or even better) for small production volumes without large initialisation costs.
This simple-looking piece is not simple at all, it includes inner spaces for electric wiring and electric connections while having a structural function with very specific angles and limitations.
2. Many functions into one piece
This lamp detail shows a single piece which is a the same time flexible, adjustable, translucent, with inner structures for electric connections and movement all while holding a light bulb.
Such a piece would be impossible to produce through traditional production methods and would require highly complex assembly work involving a large team of different experts. With 3D-print this can all be brought together and produced in one go.
3. Impossible objects
How can you produce self interlocking objects through injection, holding, or any other traditional production method? You can’t.
3D-print instead offers alternatives to design and produce such objects. This simple bottle holder is not simple at all: it is made of a single self-interlocking piece which can be opened and closed due to its flexibility.
4. Thin and flexible structures
The stripes on this lamp are 0,6 mm. thin, yet they form a precise and steady structure.
No traditional production method could produce anything comparable.
5. Quick development and production time
All of the objects on this website moved from paper sketch to prototype to developed product within weeks.
3D-print was also called originally „rapid prototyping“ and it certainly is. The step this technology is currently aiming at is also becoming „rapid manufacturing“.
6. Complexity made simple
3D-modelling and 3D-print allow for extremely complicated structures, shapes and geometries to be fused into single objects and produced in one go.
One of the main difficulties when explaining the advantages of this approach is actually to show how complex these objects are in spite of their apparently simple outlooks.
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