5 Unique Ways to Use 3D Printing for Small Business

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on June 4, 2015

Could 3D Printing Work for Your Business?Here’s How 3D Printing Works for Your Small Business

With the recent rise and increasing affordability of 3D printer technology, a wide variety of businesses and industries are just beginning to tap into the benefits of this innovation. 3D printing capability can have an especially dramatic impact on not only manufacturing, design firms and large companies – small businesses that work with us will also be able to hit the market with their brilliant new ideas all at a reasonable cost.

The ability to start with a digital image and make it physical has some incredible ramifications. You don’t have to own thousands of dollars worth of heavy equipment to be a dimensional alchemist. Below, I’ve collected some innovative and unique ways to use 3D printing, so let’s get those creative juices flowing!

5 Unique Ways to Use 3D Printing for Small Businesses

Fun Promo Products that Are Useable: Many a small business will immediately think pens and paperweights when it comes to brainstorming promotional ideas. But with 3D printing, you want to create something special and memorable that people will use rather than stuff in a desk drawer. Think about all the interesting items you can print off: guitar picks, poker chips, dice, cuff links. The possibilities for unique items are endless.

Edible Goodies: Yes. You understood that right. Chocolate and other goodies can be 3D printed. You wouldn’t want to eat a 2-dimentional cookie, after all. Aside from the curiosity factor that will interest your customers, snacks like cookies can be printed with logos and ultra-detailed design touches. It’s a great way for businesses to show off where they can put their name and create buzz about your brand at your next trade show or event.

Keepsakes and Decoration: Does your company have a proud legacy? Do the team members have keepsake items they’d like to show off in a different medium? Now you can make the walls of your office and lobby pop with 3D printed keepsakes or 3D printed versions of designs and other ad campaigns that you’re most proud of.

Promote a Specific Product: Are you a startup with a neat new product? With 3D printing you can now create miniature prototypes of your products quickly and easily. It’s a great way to improve the hype and get the word out on your new product. And anytime there’s a design tweak, you can announce that too with a vanguard of 3D prototypes.

Prototypes: 3D printed prototypes are also great for testing and tweaking the design. With an actual to-scale prototype of a product or piece of equipment, you can test it to make sure it’s working correctly before it gets manufactured. It’s the perfect way to save money on design flaws and improvements.

The 3D Printing Possibilities Are Endless

The possibilities are limitless. If you have questions about 3D printing capabilities, or if you would just like to chat more about this process and how it works, please feel free to give us a call at 800.968.1416 or contact us HERE. We’re more than happy to answer all your print management and 3D print questions.

 

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