3D printing is a fascinating technology and it’s changing the way things are manufactured through out many industries including the promotional products industry. 3D printing can be used to make novelty products such as promotional toys and custom promo gifts. It is also being used to make clothing, shoes, machine parts, containers, and even creative 3D printed food items. The medical industry has many uses for it as well.
3D printing is also known as additive manufacturing, meaning that the items it creates are made in a form of layers. This allows for intricate designs to be made quickly and cost effectively. It is much faster than molding or sculpting. The blueprints for the pieces to be printed are made digitally. The most common 3D printers use a spool of plastic that looks like string. The plastic is melted through the machine then deposited on to a plate where it begins to take shape layer by layer and eventually building a 3 dimensional object. Check out how Mashable.com explains 3D printing in the video below.
What 3D Printing Will Do For the Promotional Products Industry
Time: With 3D printing technology you will be able to have your custom printed promotional item in a flash. This new technology will cut time in more ways than one. There is less time in actually manufacturing the items and a faster turnaround from the manufacturer to your door.
Customized: In the advertising specialties industry it is all about customization. Imagine the types of promo gift ideas we’ll come up with using a 3D printer. Normally when you want a custom pieces they are manufactured overseas and require you to order a large quantity. With 3D printing the promotional products industry will have the ability to make custom pieces locally and at lower quantities.
Inventory: 3D printing will create a “made to order” system. Manufacturers will not have to stock items that can be 3D printed and there will never be any inventory issues.
There is still some time before 3D printers will be on our desktops but as the technology advances it will change the promotional products industry for good.
Have you ever heard of or seen a 3D printer? What other uses can you think of for 3D printers? What other ways do you think the 3D printer will change the promotional products industry?