BENEFITS OF 3D PRINTING FOR RETAILERS
How would it be if the designs of your imagination, were no longer just in your imagination? 3D printing will turn your imagination into reality. Create an almost infinite amount of different complex shapes and feel free because of the endless array of possibilities 3D printing technique gives you. Many hobbyists and small businesses have already started their own line of small 3D printed products, think about jewelry, accessories for phones and tablets, fashion items and kitchen appliances.
TRUE BENEFITS FOR DESIGNERS
Traditional rules do not apply to 3D printing
An infinite number of complex shapes can be created; organic forms, nested shapes (printing an object in another object), fully aerodynamic shapes and forms that are very strong while requiring only little material.
Variety of printable materials
Many materials can already be printed; at the moment the majority of desktop 3D printing is focused on printing with plastic filament. The development in this area is on a roll and options are expanding fast. For example the use of filaments like laybrick, laywood or nylon can already add a very distinct character to a 3D print.
Designs can be produced anytime and anywhere
The modern artist will be able to reproduce work infinitely by using 3D printing rather than make an exclusive “one of kind” piece. This is a new way of thinking that will also need time to be accepted by artists and designers. Artists can also offer a new way of shopping online. Consumers can buy digital files and print their 3D art at home. This will make it possible for artists to sell their products to anyone with a 3D printer: stores, stock, locations and shipping costs are no longer an issue.
FUTURE OF 3D PRINTING FOR RETAILERS
Although the possibilities for retailers seem great, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Can you imagine?! Retailers will have to experiment with the different techniques and materials to discover all the possibilities of 3D printing. At the same time more techniques and materials will become available in desktop 3D printing making it an ongoing process of discovery. It is not a one-day process but over time you will experience the true potential. Well, that is exciting!