Products can be created with production 3D printing that are more beautiful and original than any other. The process allows designers to create freely and not worry about the cost of manufacturing.
3D printing is often considered a second-rate manufacturing process. Something that is alright for rough prototypes but never for final products. But this idea often comes from experiences with low-grade desktop machines operated by amateurs. Professional 3D printing machines, and operators have thousands of hours of skill and validation built up to make sure that the results are consistent and high quality. Assumptions from what was observed in a garage of a friend are generally wrong when it comes to production 3D printing.
But even if they weren't, the flexibility of the process allows designers to create more freely than ever before. And the mild downsides in quality can be overcome quite readily. A prime example of this are the beautiful 3D printed table lamps created by Gantri.
Gantri is a San Francisco-based startup that is determined to bring 3D printed products into the home. And they are doing it by created phenomenally beautiful and unique lamps that are 3D printed except for the electrical components. By using 3D printing as the manufacturing method Gantri is able to to pursue the "long tail" products, which would be to expensive to produce with traditional methods for the volumes that can be sold. 3D printing lets them be ultra-niche.
But the design of the products is a beautiful example of how 3D printing does not create a "low quality" product. Especially if the product is designed specifically for additive manufacturing.
When a part is printed Gantri employees run the parts through a finishing process. And then perform final assembly. This makes sure that the parts are sleek and beautiful. Ensuring they have built product that people love.
3D printing is not some inferior manufacturing method that should be reserved for rough-outs. It is an affordable, and scalable means of manufacturing final products without the huge startup and long term costs of traditional manufacturing.
See More Beautiful 3D Printed Lamp at the Gantri Webstore.
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