Published: Thursday, July 16, 2015

3D Printing

3D printing and rapid prototyping are dramatically changing today’s manufacturing industry due to recent advances in technology. According to a survey conducted by PWC, two out of every three manufacturing companies in the United States are already taking advantage of the capabilities of 3D printing. Why is this new invention trending so quickly? 3D printing offers an endless number of desirable services. 

How It Works 

In short, 3D printers are machines that convert computerized designs into usable, tangible models. Once the design is sent to the printer, thin strands of material such as plastic or nylon are fed through a tube where they are heated and liquefied. Then, the printer uses the 2D design to construct a 3D object, 0.1-millimeter layer at a time. In the making,the 3D object is surrounded by support material in order to keep its shape asit hardens. The support material can later be removed to reveal the printer’s final product. 

Rapid Prototyping
One of the most widespread uses of 3D printing is rapid prototyping. 3D printers allow companies to have accurate parts available in a short amount of time and with limited expense. Having actual printed parts available is beneficial because it helps customers visualize the final product before any final developments. This way, they are able to let the company know if they want to make any changes to the product’s design.Furthermore, the wide variety of 3D printing materials allows for functional prototypes for applications requiring high-strength parts. With all of this being said, 3D printing has forever changed the process of prototyping,therefore making business deals more efficient than ever.  

3D Printing and Manufacturing
Aside from creating replacement parts and prototypes, 3D printers also have the ability to produce actual, final products. As more and more advances are being made to 3D printing technology,3D printers will become even faster and more accurate than they are today.Eventually, manufacturers are bound to replace traditional assembly lines with lines of 3D printers. 3D printing and rapid prototyping could easily be the beginning of a new era, not only in the manufacturing realm, but in the business world as a whole.

Seifert’s Advantage
From its ability to create prototypes to its role in manufacturing, 3D printing is clearly an advantageous business move.Realizing this, the Seifert Companies has adapted to this technology and invested in their very own 3D printer. With this machine conveniently located inside the Massillon office, Seifert is able to quickly and easily convert their designs from CAD drawings to physical prototypes, essentially making Seifert a “one-stop shop.” With over 30 years’ experience, the Seifert Companies are able to combine their vast knowledge in engineering with their 3D printing capability in order to fulfill their customers’ needs as efficiently as possible. 3D printing is yet another resource that puts Seifert above your average “send out” printing companies, which is why customers should choose Seifert first.

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