3D printing systems have a wide array of applications and uses within the realm of your business. Many functions, which used to be considered virtually impossible can now be dealt with using 3D printing technology.
Most businesses find the assembling stage of their manufacturing process to be most time-consuming and expensive. With the new 3D printing technology, you can now assemble parts fast and remotely. Instead of having your assembling done at the vicinity of your business, you can now delegate the task to someone sitting in China or some other country. With modern 3D printing systems you can assemble individual components of a product remotely and thus achieve significant cost and time saving.
Fabrication of digital files
With the use of 3D printers, your business would have the option to send digital files containing product images and then let the consumer fabricate the actual product within a specific time and place. Thus, this could also entail disruption of crucial processes pertaining to product distribution.
New business models
The rise of new 3D printing technology entails that businesses can offer significant advantages in consumer lifestyles as well as open new doors as far as business models are concerned. Instead of having the conventional parts assembling, manufacture and distribution, marketing etc., you would have an entirely different set of processes operating at each stage of the cycle.
Product marketing would take on a completely new meaning with modern 3D printing systems. The way you sell products online would also change dramatically because of 3D printing technology. Instead of having catalogues and other promotional materials to show customers your products, you can now use the power of 3D printing systems to generate life like products. Customers will also have the option to generate the products they like using their 3D printers whenever and wherever they wish to.
Testing feasibility aspects
If you have a new business idea or a product feature and would like to test its feasibility, this is possible with 3D printing technology. Unlike earlier where you would have to undergo the physical processes of assembling, manufacture and distribution to check feasibility, with 3D printing systems you get to ascertain feasibility of a product without physically launching it.
By creating a 3D model using your CAD software or some other software, you can create a model and then print as well as fabricate the life like model of the product. You could then use this prototype in the intended functionality and check if the design is suitable for its end use. In the business sense, this usage of 3D printing technology saves plenty of time and cost because you avoid the manufacturing stage. In addition, you also get to remove the ambiguity involved with a product launch as you have already tested it with a simulated model.
Direct customer interfacing
With the age of social networking and more emphasis on direct association with the consumer, 3D printing technology is likely to play a positive part in this role. Being able to let your consumers print off replacement parts for a home appliance or for a product your company manufactures, would boost consumer confidence in your brand.