As 3D printing becomes more and more viable as a mainstream manufacturing method, we are starting to see the increasing popularity of large format 3D printing. This has incredible implications for the technology and the way we approach manufacturing in the future.
3D printing offers almost instant customizability. Products can be printed to the exact specifications needed. On top of this, the manufacturing location can be quite close to the site where the product is needed. Hospital equipment can be printed within miles of where it is need, while retail stores can custom design products and make them in their back room.
In most cases, 3D printing has been used on a smaller scale, producing smaller products. These range from parts that can be fit together to form larger objects to small, solid figures such as tabletop figures and phone stands. There is a lot that can be done on small format scales, but with large format 3D printers, even more gets opened up.
Large format 3D printers have around eight times as much printing space as the smaller ones. Rather than printing products piece by piece, you can print large products in one go. While this will take longer, it will also give you more design options as you will no longer have to figure out how to fit different pieces together.
For business purposes, large format 3D printing is very cost effective for large parts, as the whole thing can be made in one print, as many or as few times as needed with no minimum number (like casting and other methods). It’s also a great option for creating display pieces that are very eye-catching while still being incredibly detailed.
At Jawstec, we are happy to help you figure out how to utilize the vast capabilities of large format 3D printing for your project. Whether you are looking to develop a unique art installation or produce large custom parts for machinery, we can help you get from design to production quickly and efficiently. Contact us today to learn more!