4 Unexpected 3D Printing Use Cases

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3D printing creates three-dimensional components from CAD models. The technology has revolutionized industries across the board, from medicine to product development to manufacturing. It’s now possible for a broader range of businesses to benefit from Connekt LLC’s 3D printing tools and create exceptional product designs and prototypes.

As 3D printing services become more widely available, more and more use cases are emerging as 3D printing workflows empower individuals and organizations to take control of their manufacturing and design processes. Here are four unexpected 3D printing use cases that created a revolution in the 3D printing industry:

1. 3D-Printed Surgical Instruments

When 3D printing was first introduced, many experts believed it would greatly impact the healthcare industry by helping develop advanced medical devices, surgical instruments, and custom surgical guides. 3D printing has dramatically changed the creation of high-quality surgical tools with absolute precision and attention to detail. It has helped replace large and expensive surgical trays and introduced iterative surgical instrument designs. This has helped hospitals and other healthcare facilities to reduce sterilization and supply chain costs dramatically.

2. 3D Printed Jewelry

A new design revolution in jewelry is underway with 3D printing. Previously, it was difficult to create 3D printed pieces that imitate traditionally handcrafted and cast pieces. The extensive development in 3D printing technology has allowed jewelry designers to create 3D models of jewelry and print designs instead of using traditional crafting or casting methods.

3D printers can create jewelry pieces from resin or wax-based on a digital model of a jeweler’s design. The biggest advantage of a digital model is that jewelers can easily make design changes and use an iterative product development approach to prototype jewelry and reduce design costs. Clients can now try on prototypes of custom-ordered pieces before purchasing to ensure they are made to perfection.

A Woman Wearing 3D Printed Jewerly

3. Creating models

The 3D workflow is also ideal for model making. The quality of detailing and finish available through 3D printing has made it possible to produce accurate models at an affordable cost. By using CAD, designers can virtually reverse engineer a structure as complex as an engine.

4. Dentistry

3D printing has also been widely used in dentistry and becoming increasingly common in dental laboratories and practices. Clear aligners are just one of the many dentistry products manufactured through 3D printing.

Dental cases are unique and human error is possible. With 3D printing, dentists can achieve greater consistency, accuracy, and precision in dentistry. Most dental 3D printers use resin-based processes such as SLA or digital light processing (DLP) to create surgical guides and castable patterns for crowns, bridges, aligner molds, or dentures accurately and at a lower cost.

Contact Connekt LLC for Exceptional 3D Printing Services

Whether it’s a product design or custom product printing, our team of product designers and engineers at Connekt LLC can help you convert your idea into reality. We offer 3D printing services in San Francisco, Modesto, Fremont, Auburn, Grass Valley, Sacramento, San Jose, and other parts of California. We also offer custom injection molding, mechanical engineer design, plastic injection molding, and electrical and mechanical engineering services across California.

Reach out to us for exceptional product design and prototyping, or request a free quote today.

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