One of the main issues with low volume production is the sheer cost of doing something customized. It would be great to produce a short run of parts to fill an inventory need that isn’t quite meeting the needs of the order, or to specialize a product for a high end client. But in reality, the demands of a manufacturing plant are such that creating low volume rapid manufacturing is difficult to justify – except that with a partner, the benefits of low volume rapid manufacturing can create a whole lot of opportunity.
Creativity. When you work with a rapid manufacturing partner, it is possible to bring designs to life in an affordable, quick way. Will this part hold up on the factory floor? Can we really afford to innovate a piece in this way? These are the kinds of questions that a rapid manufacturing partner can help answer. The market turns on innovation – and innovation is spurred on by prototyping.
Investment. Having the ability to work with a partner to produce low volume manufacturing means that you can have a serious prototype to show a group of investors. The chance to touch, manipulate and test a prototype creates the best circumstances to ask for funding as opposed to a simple presentation. The ability to put a prototype before a focus group also means instant and important feedback.
Customization. For the high-end client, there may be great opportunities to customize a product to certain specifications. But often, smaller companies cannot take advantage of these opportunities because the set up costs are too high and eat into profit. Here is where partnering with an expert prototyping and rapid manufacturing company can make all the difference.
Why not see how easy it is to use prototyping to your advantage?