Why Manufacturers Are NOT Investing in 3D Printing

Last Updated on by DesignPoint Team


3D Printing is everywhere. From the medical industry to the military, everyone is jumping on the 3D Printing bandwagon. Well, not everyone. A few manufacturers are passing on this transformational technology. Meet three people who are just saying no to 3D Printing.

No Knowledge Noah

Relatively speaking, 3D Printing is a new(ish) technology. So it’s no surprise that some shop floors may lack expertise on the topic.  If you don’t have the proper 3D Printing knowledge, how can you invest in one? A manufacturer like Noah prefers to play it safe and stick to what he knows –the machinery that he’s familiar with, even if it means falling behind his more innovative competitors. If you’re different than No Knowledge Noah and are ready to transform from a 3D Printing beginner to expert, we’re here for you. We’re eager to share our 3D Printing knowledge and experiences. In no time at all, you’ll streamline your production cycle and reduce your time to market.

Cost Conscious Carlos

Carlos is certain that products cost more when they first come out. The cost always drops once the buzz dies down, right? Look no further than your iPhone to know that this old adage is no longer true. New iterations of a proven product come with higher costs, which means your 3D Printer isn’t going to get any cheaper if you wait a few years for the next model. While Carlos waits for the cost of his invesment to drop, his competitors are watching their profits rise thanks to the time and cost savings afforded by BigRep and Markforged’s line of 3D Printers.  DesignPoint knows a 3D Printing investment is money well spent, and we will ensure you get the most bang for your buck.

Loyal Lenny

If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Lenny remains loyal to subtractive manufacturing methods because he’s already made a significant investment of time and money on these more traditional applications. His machines work just fine, so why replace them? But 3D Printing doesn’t have to replace your tried and true machinery. Instead, it can support the machinery you already have. For example, a broken metal component on a traditional CNC machine could mean stopped production while you wait days or even weeks for a new part to arrive. But add a Markforged Metal X 3D Printer to your floor and you could 3D Print a strong and durable replacement with relatively little down time. Rather than worry about replacing your CNC equipment, get excited about what more you can do with a 3D Printer in your lineup.

Noah, Carlos, and Lenny are all saying no to optimizing their businesses with 3D Printing. But you don’t have to fall into the same trap. Say no to the status quo and yes to transforming your business with 3D Printing!

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