Industry Problem: Getting a product to market can take a great deal of time due to an inflexible overall design process. Alternatively, in an attempt to speed up the time-to-market, a product may not be tested as thoroughly as it should be.
CADLearning Expert Solution: 3D print AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Inventor, or Fusion 360 designs to quickly create prototypes and make the design process faster, more agile, and more efficient.
3D printing has changed the entire process of taking a product from the idea stage through prototyping to production. The traditional method is a linear progression of steps: idea to prototype, prototype to production. 3D printing changes this into a parallel process in which the design, prototyping, and testing phases can all happen at the same time. What once took weeks or even months now takes mere hours. Thus, designers and engineers are able to iterate a design in a matter of days.
This shortening of prototype development time has affected the design process in a number of ways. First, it gives the designer the ability to iterate the design more often and with greater accuracy, making small changes each time. For example, a design can be saved and printed overnight, letting the designer review the changes first thing in the morning. If additional changes are needed, they can be made, and the process repeated.
Another result of achieving faster iteration is that the quality of the finished product is much higher. Since changes can be made so quickly, the prototype can be reviewed by not only the engineer, but also other interested parties, such as marketing and quality control. Each person can provide his or her own valuable feedback to the designer. The feedback can then be quickly incorporated into the next iteration until the product is ready for market. This is one of the key advantages of 3D printing.
With 3D printing, flexibility comes from near-instant feedback with a real object, not a virtual simulation. And, in today’s design environment, access to a 3D printer can be had for a very low cost. This makes the cost of a prototype a fraction of what it typically is using traditional methods. This is a game changer in product design, making it possible for designers to create better products in shorter times and with an unprecedented level of flexibility.
- Steven Schain, Media and Entertainment Content Manager
CADLearning Playlist of the Week: Faster, More Accurate Product Design with 3D Printing
- Sending Models to a 3D Print Service
- Sending Models to Autodesk Print Studio
- Outputting to a Stereolithography File for 3D Printing
- Printing Your Design
- Exploring the 3D Print Environment
- Editing in the 3D Print Environment
- Using Partition to 3D Print Oversized Parts
- 3D Printing an Assembly
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