The manufacturing process is evolving and improving every day. Innovations such as composite materials and 3D Printing are changing the shape of the manufacturing industry. In many ways, these changes bring both incredible improvements but also some challenges that must be considered.
- Composite materials can create products that have clear advantages over the alternatives. Because they are stronger and often more malleable, these materials can be used for a variety of purposes; however, simply replacing existing materials for composite ones is a waste of materials. Manufacturers are often unable or unwilling to consider the sheer adaptability of these new materials that can revolutionize product design.
- Although these new processes can be highly adaptable and create incredible design innovations, there can be issues with labor training as well as problems inherent in scaling up the design process.
- 3D Printing (also called Additive Manufacturing) has been hailed as the manufacturing wave of the future; however, there have been several limiting factors involving both cost and universality that have kept the process from achieving widespread use and acceptance. While 3D printing allowsfor tremendous adaptability and versatility, the complexity of the process has posed challenges to manufacturers who have incorporated it into their design. Consulting a design company such as StudioRed is a necessary first step before deciding whether 3D printing is right for your design manufacturing.
- As new developments continue to be developed, one must be both open-minded and cautious. Being too quick to jump on a new design process can lead to unforeseen complications. However, failing to consider new opportunities could leave your company in the dust if you all of your competitors get to it first. Innovation requires risk, but StudioRed can help ensure that those risks are managed effectively.