Industry 4.0 is more than just a concept or catchphrase. It is here, and now, and is quickly changing the ecosystem of almost every industry. And additive manufacturing is a large part of that industry.
i3D’s goal is to serve and consult organizations planning for their immersion into additive manufacturing.
That can mean something as straightforward as providing you with the best 3D printing equipment and feedstock available. But it can mean so much more.
At its most basic, additive manufacturing can be merely downloading existing printable files and 3D printing them. Or, reproducing an existing design in digital format and printing it. But additive technologies can facilitate a complete rethink of iterative product designs, involving less or different materials and geometries, customization, and supply chain logistics.
If you are thinking there’s a lot of grey area and that it is potentially fraught with risk, you are not wrong. Implementation of a new technology can sometimes require smaller more digestible steps that requires careful assessment of design and metrics. Here’s how we can help to mitigate that risk….
Additive manufacturing boasts a very wide – sometimes confusing – array of technologies, printers, software and materials. Decisions about what will work best for your needs can be daunting when time and resources are at a premium.
- Where can additive technologies fit into your current organizational structure and methodology, and
- What technologies will best suit your needs?
i3D focuses on providing information to guide decision making. It’s possible that we do not have the answers to help, but we know where to find them. We have developed an extensive network of experts and industry professions to help backstop our efforts to provide you with the best information available.
We’ll work with you through a multi-step process of assessing where additive manufacturing can be optimized within your school or business and help you map out your plans for it so you can realize maximum results. You’re results-oriented and so are we.
DESIGN AND PROTOTYPING
Creating physical models of a product concept has never been more affordable. You could say that Additive Manufacturing has ‘democratized’ the production process. Of course it all starts with a digitally produced design. But not everybody has the time or inclination to design. Moreover, even skilled CAD designers need to learn specific design skills for certain 3D prints.
We can help you take your project from paper to CAD. If your intention is to 3D print your design, we will make design suggestions so you will achieve the best print results. Of course we will ensure that your project stays as confidential as you want it to be.
We are also available to prototype. Why should your creation be held hostage by high shop costs associated with “one-offs” or molding? We can print your model cost-efficiently and provide you with design and cost analysis and feedback to help you assess all aspects of your design.
….OR ON DEMAND, LOW VOLUME PRODUCTION
You may have heard it said that additive manufacturing flatlines the cost of production so that it is now only a matter of materials and time required. But what does that mean for you?
This means it is great for prototyping but low-volume production runs are also now affordable and consistent. You get high quality components but bypass the high set-up fees — not to mention shop and inventory costs — associated with traditional forms of production.
Hey! Now you have more time and money to do what you do best.
3D PRINTERS, ACCESSORIES AND FEEDSTOCK
i3D has teamed up with some of the best manufacturers and providers in the industry to provide our customers with the best products…at the best prices. If you don’t see what you need in our store, let us know and we will look into it for you.
We support everything we provide, so if you have any questions – from installation, servicing to settings – let us know.
SAMPLE CASE STUDIES
If you are interested in learning about our practical applications and experience in helping customers learn about additive manufacturing and its value to their organizations, we would be happy to share some of our case studies with you.