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How 3D printers are making businesses creative, competitive, and cost-friendly

Rapidly advancing technology means we have to be able to update our systems and processes quickly in order to stay relevant. Having part of our workforce operating remotely challenges our ideas of the office environment and forces us to think outside the cubicle. During the pandemic, we watched some business pivot completely and create new products or services. The ability to be flexible meant survival. Technology often gives us opportunity where none existed before and can provide opportunities to small or medium-sized business that were once only the realm of huge enterprise. 3D printers are a classic example of a technology that was once only for the biggest, richest businesses, but today are an inexpensive way companies can flex their creative muscle, increase product potential, and speed up their delivery outcomes.

Rapid prototyping Prototypes are a great way to test an idea to see if it's truly viable for your business. But, in the past, the time it took to produce a convincing model, and the costs involved, may have prevented some great ideas ever becoming a reality. No longer. 3D printers have made rapid prototyping possible for even the smallest company, which means every idea has a chance to change a business for the better. And it's not just the final product that can be produced in record time and at low costs. 3D printers make small changes, tweaks, and improvements more accessible throughout the process, resulting in a better end result.

Increased creativity Flexible businesses would shy away from producing one specific product or service. Those that can turn their skills to new offerings often have the last laugh, as we have seen over the past 18 months. 3D printers present the possibility to create almost anything, in any material or dimension, as long as the design fits within the printer's build volume. This then increases the breadth of potential products businesses can off

er, thus increasing desirability and flexibil