We at STPL #3Dprint many parts of various machinery for end use and we learned many things during this period about the batch production and cost effectiveness.
Advantages Of 3D Printing For Batch Production Runs
No Set Up Fees - We don't charge set up fees for your production runs – this means that you can order as many or as few as you want and not have to worry about breaking even on the set up costs or mould costs like you do in traditional manufacturing, making 3D printing a viable alternative to injection moulding and the like.
Fast Lead Times - Due to the lack of tooling, you don’t have to wait weeks or months for the mould tools to be designed – simply place your order and we’ll put it in the queue. Our current record is producing 2000 parts 30*30*5 mm parts in a week.
Your Prototype And Final Model Will Be Identical - If you choose to prototype your model with us you’ll be using exactly the same machines as you would with your production run, so your prototype would be exactly the same as your final model.
Free Polishing - At STPL3D we offer a totally free of charge polishing service. This smooths the outer surface and can produce a good quality finish.
Parts That Are Best Suited To 3D Printed Batch Production Runs
Very Small Parts – We specialise in the really little parts as we can get these printed much faster than larger models. We place them in and around other parts in whatever builds we have on at the time, meaning you get your orders as soon as possible.
Housing,Clamps & holders – The PLA\ABS is strong enough, so a great choice for your small housing and fixtures. Very often when producing a product in low volume it is difficult to justify spending tens of thousands on tooling for these type of items – you may find that 3D printing will be the ideal solution.
Personalised Items – Again, due to the lack of tooling, there are no setup costs – this means that you can make unique items for the same price as identical ones. This can be great for small corporate gifts and alike.