3D Printers have a huge leg up on their competition in their suitability to the way manufacturing is changing around the world. This is a result of the direction consumers are going in their demands. More and more, there is high demand for mass customization.
As evidenced by our whitepaper on low volume, agile, additive manufacturing and capital costs, 3D printing is entering the domain of mass production, and its inherent capabilities of customization make it perfect for the job.
Examples of mass customization include phone cases in every design imaginable, custom paint jobs for cars, and credit cards with customer-specified images printed on them.
So, why does mass customization make 3D printing the right choice for any sized business? There are three major reasons.
Smaller Production Runs: First, with mass customization comes smaller production runs. With smaller runs, the amount of time spent changing tools and setting up for the next batch increases, because more batches are completed faster, but tool changes take the same amount of time. Entire sciences have gone into reducing this time period as much as possible. 3D printing, on the other hand, has no tool or mold to change. Simply clear the platform, and start printing the next item. Any sized business benefits from saving time, and eliminating operations like tool changes is a huge way to do so.
Linear Scalability: Because the size of production runs are going down, the Print Pod is becoming more cost effective. Most mass-customizable runs today are less than ten thousand units per batch, thereby making the Print Pod a viable solution. Linear scalability also has the added advantage for smaller businesses who can’t afford the upfront costs of traditional manufacturing.
Your Type A Machines 3D printers reach their full potential regardless of how much of them you decide to purchase. This is opposed to traditional manufacturing methods, where there is an exponential growth curve associated with increased tooling capability. You can invest in our products, a little bit at a time without incurring opportunity costs associated with having an incomplete, non-modular system that can’t reach its full potential unless you buy the kitchen sink upfront.
Inherent Redundancy: The third and final reason behind what makes us leaders in cost effective 3D printing is the inherent redundancy that comes with having multiple cost effective machines instead of one behemoth machine, whether it be an Injection Molding machine or a high-priced “industrial” 3D Printer. If you have multiple, and you need to take one out of service for any reason, the other machines will still run, thereby avoiding the aforementioned time spent paying bills and creating no revenue, and minimizing opportunity costs associated with time that you could have spent generating revenue.
The savings in cost behind using a Print Pod, as opposed to more traditional methods of manufacturing are alluring, but one question people have concerns the reliability of 3D printing, which is going through a steep development curve, and has many documented examples of mechanical problems. This fear is mitigated with our system both because our machines have an extremely low statistical failure rate (around 6%), and we also stand by each machine we sell, by offering backup print services and service packages to go along with our industry leading warranties.
The aforementioned redundancy further reduces the failure rate. A six-machine Print Pod, therefore has a 1% chance of failure on the scale that traditional machines face every time there is a failure. When combining the versatility and reliability we guarantee, the Series 1 Print Pod is the ideal solution for your manufacturing needs, no matter the size of your company.