The 3 worst ways to approach 3D printing for mechanical application

The 3 worst ways to approach 3D printing for mechanical application

The 3 worst ways to approach 3D printing for mechanical application

I 3 errori per approcciarsi alla stampa 3D per l'applicazione meccanica

You find yourself standing outside the dark Forest of additive manufacturing: you read about famous companies (Nike, Ford, Tory Group) using 3D printing to speed up their production and customize their products, making them more competitive on the market.

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Grand Review research forecasts that the market of 3D printing for metals is destined to increase by 3.05 billion dollars in the next five years, with North America grabbing the biggest share of the market and Asia registering the highest growth rate (https://www.borsaitaliana.it/notizie/sotto-la-lente/cagr-259.htm).

In this climate of change how do you see the future of your mechanical production? Will it be profitable to install a 3D printer to speed up your company and increase your margins?

Or will you remain anchored to traditional methods, like a mussel not wanting to abandon its safe refuge in a stormy sea?

The advantages of this technology of the fourth industrial revolution are now well-known:

  • Production on demand, to lighten the heavy costs of storage (how much does storage cost you? At the end of the article I will show you how to calculate this data);

  • Customization of your mechanical components, to set apart your offer on the market and beat the competition;

  • Production of complex components, in a short space of time and at reduced costs;
  • Speed up production time by 2/3 or more;

  • Rapid production of spare parts and prototypes;

  • Ease of component design modification without added costs;

  • and many more benefits which you can find in  this article ;

I too found myself lost in the presence of this technological whirlwind and I didn’t know how I could access this technology, without investing time and money uselessly.

You have the same options I had years ago: today I will guide you along a better path which will lead you to a hands on experience of a 3D printer, without investing even a cent to buy one.

1) Continue following the path of your ancestors

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The universe of 3D printing excites your curiosity, but you don’t feel ready yet to step into the Forest and invest in this technology. Your mind is bombarded by too many questions :

  • Will it be profitable to produce my mechanical components with this new production method?

  • How much will it cost to run and maintain a 3D printer?

  • Do my technicians have the necessary know-how to print components?

  • Will I speed up my production with additive methods?

  • How long will it take to have a return on my investment in this technology?
  • Are special safety regulations, costly or involving complex red tape, required to run a 3D printer?

  • which technology is most suited to produce mechanical components? I can already give you an answer  to this question.

Faced with these doubts you become petrified and so afraid that you postpone this technological leap into the future. Why, should you substitute traditional methods, which for generations have made your mechanical production flourish, for an unknown technology?

Continuing to follow the path of your ancestors, taking refuge in a technology you know like the back of your hand is the easiest choice but also the most RISKY.

The world is going ahead and change is inevitable. Even Chinese manufacturers, skeptical and doubtful like you, have decided on a plan, Made in China 2025, to invest in additive technology and become more competitive on the market.

1 Chinese manufacturer out of 3 is convinced that enterprises which do not invest in additive systems, will be squashed by countries and companies, who, instead have chosen 3D printing as the new production method.

If you don’t want your rivals to squash you and your future business to be only a survivor and not a success, then you will have to follow another path.

2) Other companies produce, I am only a user

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A common mistake of mechanical manufacturers is relying on 3D printing services, obtaining fragile and unusable components in return

Why invest in a 3D printer, shouldering all the running and maintenance costs, when you can resort to external companies to produce your components on order?

The Service companies produce components on demand, taking away the nuisance of learning how to use this new technology.

You do not own the machine but exploit 3D printing thanks to these copyshops, which manufacture components in your place.

Even if this seems to be an easy downhill path, in the end it will lead you to a sheer drop because:

1) By delegating the manufacture of your components to an external company you cannot benefit from the advantages of this technology: that is: production on demand and swift production.

You will always depend on an external supplier who will not deliver your components when you need them. Service, often, waits to receive another order similar to yours to put together more similar pieces on the printing bed, and save on production costs. You don’t know when the components you need will be delivered.

It’s like when the laundry has to clean your dinner jacket : it doesn’t start a load just for your dinner jacket.

2) The second disadvantage concerns the quality of the component: the aim of Service is to produce your component as quickly as possible with minimum costs, not to produce a high quality component, taking into account its final application.

If you produce design components, which do not have to be particularly resistant, then you can rely on a 3D printing Service; if, on the other hand, you need solid components for mechanical kinematics, the quality of the product must be perfect.

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Here’s what happens to your mechanical components printed by a 3D printing service

Service do not print your component taking into account the final function and therefore do not check if the printed component is stable

The other day one of my customers showed me a mechanical piece produced by Service: aesthetically it was perfect but mechanically unusable.

If even the path of Service is not workable for a mechanical manufacturer who is concerned about the quality of his components, what path remains?

3) Here’s what happens to your mechanical components printed by a 3D printing service

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Make and not buy.

To manufacture and not buy from Service is the best path to follow if you want the full benefit of the advantages of 3D printing, and if you want to have mechanical components which do not break at the slightest mechanical stress.

The problems which arise are others: which technology is most suited to print my mechanical components?

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Who will guarantee a quick return on investment? 

How much faster can I produce with a 3D printer?

How much will I earn and in how much time?

How can I be sure that my technicians will produce my mechanical components correctly?

These questions are all legitimate and are the same ones I asked when I undertook this journey into the dark Forest of 3D printing.

The solution? Do not jump into the deep end with this technology, investing your money without having a safe forecast on return on investment.

Approaching a new technology requires time and preliminary training and it is not enough to rely on the first manufacturer you come across.

I have created a course which will help you approach 3D printing without burning your turnover, or losing months and years finding the best technology for your production.

You need assistance.

You need a guide.

Your need simple and clear information.

If you really want to produce your components on demand, in half the time it takes you today with traditional methods, and increase your margins, then you can start reading this book: CorSystem,  how to speed up our production and earn more with a 3D printer, to take the first steps into the dark Forest of technical terminology of additive systems.

[To make great strides and leave traces, you must begin by taking small steps].

In the Bible of 3D printing for mechanical application:

  • You will learn to identify the various technologies of 3D printing;
  • You will find out the dark side of chip removal method;
  • You will calculate the costs of storage and discover how to reduce them;
  • You will see how economically profitable it is, in terms of production time, to produce your mechanical components with a 3D printer for only steel ;
  • You will access a unique opportunity available only to those who possess the book;
  • You will have a clear idea about the ROI (Return on investment) which you can obtain with 3D printing for metals only;
  • You will learn to identify the various technologies of 3D printing;
  • You will find out the dark side of chip removal method;
  • You will calculate the costs of storage and discover how to reduce them;
  • You will see how economically profitable it is, in terms of production time, to produce your mechanical components with a 3D printer for only steel ;
  • You will access a unique opportunity available only to those who possess the book;
  • You will have a clear idea about the ROI (Return on investment) which you can obtain with 3D printing for metals only;

and many more bonuses and information, which no other book written by a manufacturer of 3D printers has ever told you;

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You can order your FREE copy by clicking on the red button at the bottom of the page or on this link, assuming there are still some left. After our television report on Sky,less than 20 printed copies remain. You will have to wait for the reprint.

P.S. in my next article I will talk about the best 3D printing for metals technology for mechanical application; you will find this topic also in the book, in a more detailed version.

Enjoy your read

Ivano Corsini

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