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How 3D Printing Reduces The Time To Market For Goods?

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How 3D Printing  Reduces The Time To Market For Goods?

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This is a guest contribution by Arlene Westcott.

It seems that technology has no end, and it will never stop amazing us with new inventions. For every business, it is essential to make use of such technologies. As far as recent innovations go, the advantages of 3D printing make it one of the most promising technologies. Additive technology is one of the most significant advantages of 3D printing. Additive manufacturing provides companies with new tools and capabilities to meet customer and industry demands. 

As the technology continues to improve in every field, 3d architecture rendering allows the architects to make crucial decisions related to design before the project enters the final stage and visualize spaces before they are constructed digitally.

Today 3D printing is adopted by many factories, entrepreneurs, and every small and large organization. It has been observed that 3D printing has grown into a $6.063 billion industry and has had a tremendous impact on the business. Now even small companies can design, prototype, and develop products quickly and efficiently. 3d printing has provided the industry with various advantages that are helping to reduce time and making more production.

How 3D printing reduces the time to market for goods

There are following ways through which the 3D technology has helped reduce the time for producing more goods.

#1. Prototyping

3D printing has reduced the time for prototyping, which took much time before creating prototyping for a product. Not only that, but it has also drastically reduced the cost and made the work done more quickly. Today 3D printing is being used by many companies for speeding up the development of a product. Now the designers can easily create various designs that can be printed, reviewed, and adjusted in less time. In the past, this type of practice was costly and likely not acceptable even for the most profitable companies. Today, it is on nearly everyone’s arm.

#2. Fast Production

3D printing has also allowed companies with the quicker development of products. In early times, developing products took much time, such as the design phase, then sent the designs out to a professional prototype developer for a more refined functional prototype. The developer layout, build and then ship your prototype back to you can take a fair amount of time. But with 3D printing, computer design files can be printed once these files are complete. A Prototype that might take many weeks to get through a prototype developer now takes only a few hours for the 3D printer to print them.

#3. Fewer Errors

Many designers and product developers faced errors that took much time to start over again in ordinary circumstances. The faulty prototype cost much time and money. With 3D printing, many of the designers have experienced efficiency and quickness in their work. Now there are fewer chances of errors. It allows production to be done in just one step without any obstacle and problem.

#4. Design Improvements

3D printing has brought about drastic improvements in designs. Design teams are now faced with more solid and exciting designs that can spur demands. With 3D printing, design engineers can create complex geometric shapes that would otherwise be impossible in ordinary manufacturing times. Also, light construction, precise components, and less use of labor and materials have improved overall functionality and reduced cost. These design improvements mean companies can reduce their overall time in design, manufacturing, production, and delivery, increasing their ability to quickly respond to customer demands and industry trends.

Wrapping Up!

Over time, technology will continue to advance. In few years, we will see the 3D printing industry on the urge of success. If we consider all of the 3D printing advantages, it is obvious that this will soon become a technology that will overtake traditional methods. It is just a matter of time. 

The 3D printing industry deals with the manufacturing process and machine efficiency more and keeps the material cost lower. Although 3D printing is a relatively new technology, its popularity has grown so much that it is now accessible at lower prices. The number of printers being sold is increasing at an incredible rate. What was once a specialized technology only for those who can afford it and use it does not reach many different industries. But now, the ease of access has efficiently transformed the manufacturing process.

Most importantly, 3D printing has allowed working in much less time. The development of a product that took weeks is now being done in hours. The reduction of time is the leading cause of its popularity.

Additive Composite and Add: North develop unique neutron-absorbing filament

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Additive Composite and Add:North develop unique neutron-absorbing filament

This is a guest contribution by Sou Amadu, Editor at Top 3D Shop


Source: Additive Composite

A brand-new development was made with a joint effort of Additive Composite and Add:North, both Sweden-based companies. The Addbor N25 filament is expected to designate the beginning of a new era. The new composite has radiation shielding capabilities, which means it can be used for 3D-printing of radiation protection means. It is compounded with co-polyamide matrix as a base polymer filled with boron carbide. The filament composition provides for a higher degree of chemical and heat protection levels. 

The material is expected to be applied in nuclear industry, research labs and other facilities that suggest radiation exposure. Its main anticipated area of implementation is production of radiation-shielding equipment that’s free from toxic heavy metals, such as cadmium. 


Source: Additive Composite

 “Additive manufacturing is changing how many products are being designed and produced. We believe that Addbor N25 contributes to this development and helps both industry and large research facilities to replace toxic materials that could eventually contaminate the environment,” says Adam Engberg, CEO of Additive Composite

Boron carbide accounts for 25% of the compound’s total weight, and the filament density is expected to be 1.33 g/cm3. The recommended settings for stable printing are the following: nozzle temperature of 250-270ºС (480-520ºF) and bed temperature ranging from 60 to 100ºС (140-210ºF). 3D-printing is recommended to be carried out using hard ruby nozzles developed by Olsson Ruby or sapphire nozzles produced by SAPPHIRUS due to filament’s abrasivity and hardness. The use of above-mentioned nozzles will ensure that printing quality stays high and prevent nozzle sprayers from wearing out too quickly. The manufacturer suggests using nozzles with the diameter of at least 0.4 mm (0.016in). The filament is promised to feature excellent layer bonding, moderate flexibility, low shrinkage and good chemical resistance. Furthermore, the tensile strength at break is 58 MPa and flexural modulus is 1425-3650 MPa. Addbor N25 can easily handle continuous utilization at 100-110ºС (210-230ºF).

The cost of a 1.6 lb (750g) filament spool is 9 500 SEK (980 USD). Taking a different perspective, that’s a medium cost for a used car. The available filament diameters are 0.07 inches (1.75 mm) and 0.1 inches (2.85 mm). The product page is available on Additive Composites’ official website.