December 15, 2022
With the rise of 3D printing industry, its application scenarios have gradually penetrated different areas, making it possible for 3D printed consumer products to gradually change daily life.
Industry background and pain points
Consumer products refer to those products purchased and used by end consumers for personal use, including daily necessities, optional products, special products, and non-essential products, etc., showing the characteristics of diversity and variability. However, in this era of energy saving and innovation, traditional production of consumer products is facing new challenges in some areas.
【Costs】Traditional production usually requires a large number of equipment and workers during manufacturing process compared with 3D printing technology which can save many manpower and resource costs through digital design and printing. This makes it necessary for manufacturers to re-evaluate traditional production costs and competitiveness.
【Efficiency】Although traditional manufacturing has higher production efficiency when it comes to the high-volume production tasks, people are looking forward a new technology that can complete the design & production process quickly. So it is imperative for 3D printing to enter the daily consumer products industry.
3D printing solutions
3D printing industry has the potential to transform the consumer products industry by enabling more efficient, flexible, and sustainable manufacturing processes, as well as new levels of customization and innovation.
【Rapid Prototyping】With 3D printing, designers can quickly create and test prototypes, enabling them to iterate on designs faster and bring products to market more quickly.
【Customization】3D printing allows for the easy customization of products, which can be tailored to meet the specific needs and preferences of individual consumers.
【Costs-Effective】The tech can significantly reduce the cost of producing small batches of products, as there is no need to invest in expensive molds or tooling.
【Sustainable Manufacturing】3D printing enables more sustainable manufacturing practices by reducing waste and minimizing the environmental impact of production.
【Innovation】3D printing has opened up new possibilities for product design and innovation, enabling the creation of complex shapes and structures that would be difficult or impossible to produce using traditional manufacturing methods.
3D printing solutions by Polymaker
Polymaker is reputational for its proficiency in material-extrusion based 3D printing area with comprehensive solutions.
PolySmooth™ - with balanced mechanical properties and excellent printability, lowers the barriers to entry and makes it possible for individuals to use 3D printing technology for customization. This material offers the possibility to easily post process a model by alcohol and Polysher™ to obtain a smooth surface replicating an injection molded surface. A 3D printer plus a spool of PolySmooth™ can successfully solve common kitchen problems.The material is also ideal for product design and prototyping, making it the first choice for model and figure enthusiasts.
PolyLite™ PETG – an affordable PETG filament with balanced mechanical properties and ease of printing. This material is just as easy to print as Polymaker regular PLA (PolyLite™ PLA) while offering a higher heat resistance and more durability. This lends PolyLite™ PETG to be used in more functional applications where PLA would lack the durability or heat resistance such as lighting fixtures, vibrational parts or more functional product design prototypes which makes it a perfect choice to print lighting fixtures, vibrational parts or more functional product design prototypes.