First things first. This is a technology that is rapidly developing and it literally is getting better with each day that passes. In a lot of ways, there is still a wild-wild West mentality to this industry and people-wise, that means you are going to run into a lot of people we refer to as "characters." One of the best ways to spot one of these "characters" is to be aware of the problems that do exist with the technology and see if the individual or company who is trying to sell you a 3D printer talks about them during their sales pitch. If they do not, you have just learned something important.
First and foremost, we are a consulting firm and our job is not to sell you a printer. As you work your way through this website, that will be obvious. This page will be updated regularly and is grouped by category to make it easier to integrate into your Additive printing analysis processes. We are listing only some of the issues here, but we are in the process of putting together a document that will detail more and we also consult on this exact part of Additive printing; call or e-mail us to request more information or a copy of that document and we will send you a copy of it just as soon as we have put the finishing touches on it.
We hope this is helpful to you:
Pre-production-related type issues:
Finished part issues:
The above are just a few of the things you need to think about and understand more about before you purchase any 3D printer that you intend to use to actually print something that you will actually use or sell. There are many more.
The good news is that Additive printing brings with it many advantages and capabilities that in most cases far outweigh all of the efforts and costs that are associated with its implementation and use. If that was not the case, you would not see the great number of very smart and very well run companies around the globe that are moving into the Additive printing world today. One of the keys to you making good decisions as it relates to this technology is not just to understand the opportunities, but also the related challenges.
We hope this page has given you a good start in understanding some of the potential issues and challenges you might encounter if you implement Additive production in your business. If you need help, we are just a phone call or e-mail away.