3D Consulting

The role that additive has in manufacturing today is one of unbridled potential. The cost of purchasing a FFF ( Fused Filament Fabrication) machine is relativley low. You can purchase a desktop model anywhere between $2000 and $10,000 depending on your needs. You can do so many things by utilizing the additive technology that are just not cost effective in subtractive manufacturing. You can make a shadowbox to organize your tooling and make nesting tool holders for your gauges helping you with your 5’s, increasing your productivity and accountability. Prior to this technology you would be very hesitant to make design changes to a machine that has been giving you problems due to the cost of prototyping and the chance of it being unsuccessful. Now you can print the part ,test that part,then proceed from there with minimal cost and lead time. Now you will no longer have to wonder if the change would fix the problem but would know in real time if the change was good , and all in house, with no outside engineering or production cost for that change.

Additive Manufacturing

     Advantages of additive

  • Cost

  • Speed

  • Ergonomics

  • Prototyping

  • Creativity

  • Morale

  • Utilization

     Cost

          The cost of additive is about 1/10 of traditional outsourcing/subtractive machining.

     Speed

          Most items can be printed in less than a day versus 6-12 week lead time.

     Ergonomics

          Items can now be made specifically to fit an individual instead of a one size fits all application that had to be used

          due to the cost of unique pieces.

          3D printed pieces are much lighter 

     Prototyping  

          You will be able to engineer, draw, print, and test or prove a concept then modify and repeat the process in 

          house.

     Creativity

          You will have unlimited design capabilities.

     Morale

          Allows operators and technicians to provide direct input on improvements.

     Utilization

          Allows for better utilization of skilled resources.