The Power of 3D Desktop Printing and You
Until now, you may have thought 3D printing was exclusively for the manufacturing and automotive industries. We get it, large and expensive 3D printers don't always make sense for budding entrepreneurs or solo and small business owners. You may have also heard about micro-scale printing that has enabled the tech industry to print nano parts such as silicon plates and impossibly intricate electrical wiring. Or, you may have been fascinated by the ultra-large 3D printing projects that are helping NGOs solve the world's community development and relief issues. But how does 3D printing relate to you?
During MCOR's launch announcement celebrating their latest product, the MCOR Arke, the organization pledged to make 3D printing relevant and accessible to every business and home in the nation. And that's where the Arke comes in. This revolutionary 3D printer consolidates traditional 3D printing technology into a slim, desktop printer that creates ready-to-use 3D parts using traditional printer paper. 3D desktop printing is at the top of every blog heralding 2016's hottest trends, and now - thanks to the Arke - new industries can capitalize on the 3D printing craze. Here's how you fit in:
From kitchenware, to jewelry, to paperweights, dog bowls, and accessories: budding entrepreneurs are finding new creative freedom using desktop 3D printers. Access to 3D printing allows creators to rapidly prototype and iterate on their designs without needing to outsource their prototypes abroad or go through costly retooling processes. In some cases, 3D printing also allows business owners to create goods they can sell. Although it's a relatively new market, early entrants into the fashion industry (think: 3D printed bikinis and shoes) are benefitting from consumers' interest in printed products.
In today's world of same day shipping and delivery, just-in-time supply chain, and flawlessly personalized e-commerce platforms, customization is a critical differentiator to battle the sea of competitors. Desktop 3D printing allows creators to personalize products by adding unique patterns, colors, and design elements that would otherwise take weeks or months of lead time and massive investments to achieve the same breath. Desktop 3D printers give small companies a unique competitive edge to appeal to niche audiences they would not be able to reach otherwise.
Private practices will benefit tremendously from 3D desktop printing. Need a 3D model of an x-ray? Dental models to train new employees? Educational molds? All possible. Because 3D desktop printing can create a wide variety of high-definition parts, it can enable medical professionals to educate and serve their patients in new and innovative ways. Unlike larger 3D printing units or traditional molding, small units like the Arke allow providers to take their work wherever they go and generate molds in minutes rather than weeks.
Architects and Interior Designers:
Imagine an interior designer pitching you with a customized replica of the space they'd like to design for you? That's the power of 3D desktop printing. Similarly, if an architect were able to reconceptualize their designs in real-time with presentation-ready models, their practice would radically change. 3D desktop printing brings traditional drafting into the 21st century and brings CAD drawing to life in a remarkably compelling way.
Even if you've never thought of using 3D printing technology, new, affordable 3D desktop printers are opening up this miraculous technology. Consider the possibilities and ways the MCOR Arke could change your business.
- Dustin Heigl