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3D printing vs. traditional manufacturing

Posted by Luxexcel on Nov 12, 2015 2:40:48 PM
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Sometimes it is hard to decide which technology fits your project needs. On one end you have the traditional manufacturing technologies like injection molding and milling and on the other end more new technologies like 3D printing. Each manufacturing method has its own design challenges. To incorporate new technologies, like 3D printing or additive manufacturing, your company should branch out and it might be needed to slightly adjust your design process. If you do so it will result in a design process which completely utilizes the capabilities of 3D printing. Additive manufacturing can cut your design and prototyping process in half. This will save you valuable production time and reduces your time to market. 

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Traditional Manufacturing 

Injection molding and tooling come into the manufacturing process once market interest has been inventoried and product design is defined. For larger series manufacturing injection molding is a good alternative. However, if you want to prototype and then produce your product in a small to midsize volume 3D printing can still be an attractive alternative. The benefit of 3D printed optics is that you can test, prototype and print products within days.  This allows you to optimize your optical design to fits it applications requirements. 

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3D printed optics: online accessible

After creating a design within your CAD platform, you may want to create a real optical prototype, especially for difficult and freeform optical shapes. This process is often long and requires substantial investment, due to processes like injection molding or diamond milling and turning. This is why, Luxexcel developed a unique 3D printing technology for optical designs.  Luxexcel is the only company in the world that offers a 3D printing service for fully transparent and optically functional products.

It’s simple: after you create your lens or light guide and verify designs directly within your CAD platform, just upload your CAD file to this portal to order the 3D printed prototype. The Luxexcel's 3D printing service opens up new possibilities to create customized and fully optimized optics for your project.  After your online file upload, Luxexcel checks the design, prints it, then sends your 3D printed product to you; all in 5 working days.

Topics: 3D printing

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