“Even for a small CNC machine, which you can’t get for less than £100,000, you still need tools and a trained skilled worker – that all falls away with 3D printing technology. Here, the 3D printer is operated by the design engineer.” – Hubert Reiter, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma
Markforged 3D printers from Mark3D start from as little as £200 per month and come with all the items needed to start printing, straight out of the box.
The low entry level costs mean huge savings are possible when using a 3D printer for end use parts, jigs, fixtures and other production aids – it’s now very popular to print parts using Onyx and Carbon Fibre which were previously made from metal.
PRIMETALL GmbH saves £1,060 per fixture
Dunlop Systems & Components Ltd saves £30,000 per year
Wärtsilä saves £100,000 within 8 months
Siemens saves £7,000 per tool