Effect of 3D Printing technology on Industrial Design Practices

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Effect of 3D Printing technology on Industrial Design Practices

3D Printing technology has a great impact on the existing industrial design practices. As 3D Printing technology enables the designer to design a particular part in various ways and choose the most efficient design that would be having better strength, durability and other factors while using the minimum amount of material. Thus, saving the amount of material wasted and cutting down production cost.

Metal parts created using conventional methods produce parts in bulk amounts using the same mould, which leaves almost no scope for customization. But with the introduction of 3D Metal Printing, customization and production of metal parts becomes fast and easy. It reduces the risk in customization as prototyping is very easy using 3D printing technology.

Design Accuracy

It is very challenging with traditional manufacturing practices, even after post-production finishing to mimic the actual design.

3D Printing technology reduces the gap between the actual product and the digital design as the designers are able to design accurate 3D models and print it using various materials

Lattice and Honeycomb structures can be applied to the design of the product to reduce the amount of material required and the part’s weight. Using 3D metal printing technology – lightweight components and design optimization; in the construction of next-gen electric vehicles (EV) and aircraft will lead to extended battery life, longer flight ranges and farther space travel. Travel and exploration will be more sustainable and energy efficient with the new designs created using advanced software tools for topology optimization, generative design and simulation in Additive Manufacturing.

Faster Improvisations

It is much easier and faster to find and fix Geometrical flaws simultaneously improving the durability, strength, or withstand capacity of other factors according to the requirements. Time consumed in testing and implementing a design is very less as compared to conventional methods; because of rapid prototyping.

It is very easy to store and access digital files that are used to generate 3D printed objects which makes it comfortable for designers to edit and change their earlier products and even test it out if needed using rapid prototyping.


With the range of materials available for 3D Metal Printing, customers have a choice of testing out a product using various materials to obtain a greater overall efficiency of the final product which was clearly not feasible in traditional designing practices.

Some materials for instance, Titanium, are easy to print but are difficult to machine.

3D Printing helps in combining a component of many pieces into just one part. This simplifies the production and reduces the use of fasteners and the number of materials used. The resulting product will be lighter in weight and will be easier to recycle as there would be no need of breaking down the part into different materials. 

Product Safety

Using Additive Manufacturing, designers have a better control over the product safety than in the conventional methods. With the help of advanced CAD software, it has become much easy to list all the potential and severe issues of the product without even manufacturing, which helps in cutting down costs and ensures safety of the product and customers

Seamless Design Communication

Many companies weren’t able to function properly amid COVID, whereas 3D printing uses online 3D printing service and CAD tools working remotely is very much possible as files are easily accessible by the designers from anywhere. Thus, ensuring that productivity of the company is maintained reasonably.

3D Printing future In Industrial Design

A massive growth in 3D Printing technology is yet to be seen. It will play a major role in manufacturing processes of various sectors like automotive, aerospace, Health and other products. Creating new lightweight designs with various materials that will replace the existing components or parts that are created using current industrial design practices. It will also make an impact on design Research and Development. 3D Printing technology will also play an important role in supply chain management. Though the switch from the existing industrial practices will be costly but it will only benefit the company in the long run.

About Objectify:

A leading 3D printing company in India with a team of 50+ engineers with 10 years of combined experience offering excellent quality additive manufacturing service to clients distributed in global geographies since 2013. We offer varieties of materials, the best customer service, and shipping across the globe. Objectify Technologies is an ISO 9001 Certified, TUV Nord and AS9100 Aerospace Certification, TUV USA. The top-notch post-processing standard in both polymers and metals 3D printing ensures a stricter standard of quality control and the fastest turnaround time. The collaboration with ISRO, DRDO, MRO, and other top-rated companies in the world speaks about the commitment from Objectify technologies to produce better quality parts using 3D printing or additive manufacturing.

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