3D Printing in Research and Development


Research & Development is usually a crucial aspect for many industries as well as markets, though it may seem like an avoidable expenditure. Product development firms need to ensure that their products constantly evolve and meet the ongoing trends, changing market demands, challenging competition, and varying consumer requirements. R&D is a forward-looking step that forms the foundation for the product innovation lifecycle and is also the precursor for future product development and market expansion.

The technology industry is both an essential contributor and beneficiary to the R&D sector itself, while many other industries far and wide are among the beneficiaries of the R&D industry sector. The R&D sector, by its inherent nature, is however rife with risks and uncertainties on Return on Investments and is thus unaffordable for most small and medium players in any industrial sector.

3D Printing Advantage:

3D Printing can enable small and medium players to undertake research and development at a basic to medium level in ways that would not be possible otherwise. Changing designs at any stage and creating prototypes rapidly are the major advantages that 3D printing brings to the table. With its wide variety of materials, colours, and ubiquitous ways of sharing designs and printing them even remotely, 3D printing opens the window to a plethora of options to various industries. In-house R&D through 3D printing is particularly useful in sensitive domains such as the Defence where information security is of paramount importance.

R&D Industry can benefit from 3D printing through:2

  • Effortless replication and design modifications
  • Flexibility to work with numerous options in terms of materials, colours, geometries, and design complexities
  • Faster realization of prototypes to test product designs and utility as well as to pitch to investors
  • Flawless products that are true replicas of the designs to the minutest detail
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