With traditional manufacturing methods, it's not practical to manufacture a single item or short run of products — it's simply too expensive, in terms of both time and money. Securing factory space, setting up a production line, creating a mold and procuring jigs and fixtures all incur substantial costs that can't be justified for a few items.
But what if there were a way to fill those needs for far less expense? And what if those items could be created overnight, in-house and in a hands-off process? That's exactly what 3D printing offers manufacturers: the freedom to test more ideas; to make exactly what's needed, whenever it's needed; to customize parts and tools for unique applications; and ultimately, to make better products.