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With a small facility of stereolithography (SLA) desktop 3D printers, small businesses, labs, and entrepreneurs can affordably produce high fidelity prototypes and low-volume batches of parts and products in-house. Using multiple 3D printers overcomes the traditional barriers of costly prototyping and manufacturing processes and opens the door for affordable in-house production, especially for highly customized products. This downloadable document will review the end-to-end 3D printing process and covers design and management considerations, including tips from professional users and our own in-house print farm, for a minimum-investment setup of six or more desktop 3D printers. It also includes a list of everything you need to get started.
When used for short run or bridge manufacturing, a multi-printer facility delivers substantial cost and time savings compared to outsourcing or traditional production methods, such as injection molding, making limited runs of hundreds of parts accessible. When used for prototyping, having multiple 3D printers facilitates rapid iteration of multi-component designs and allows companies to support multiple design projects and teams without bottlenecks.
FOR SHORT RUN PRODUCTION
We chose a commonly printed part to compare costs for a short production run using multiple Form 2 printers, outsourcing to a service bureau, and injection molding. The part is an enclosure for a small electrical component, consisting of a main housing and a top cover.
The ability to simultaneously print multiple components of a product prototype can significantly accelerate development timelines, and can make it cost efficient to test multiple design options at once. For instance, if a prototype consists of two separate 3D printed components, the ability to print them in parallel, overnight, rather than in sequence, effectively cuts cycle time by half. For design teams working on several projects at once, multiple printers prevent costly bottlenecks in the prototyping process, which can cause significant delays when more than one team relies on 3D printing in their workflow.
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