We got into the 3D printing game early on. Years ago in fact. Long before it was in the news or making a big splash on social media, and certainly long before it grew into what it is today. In fact, the first model we had in the office was one of the first to hit the market. It was neat. We would walk by and stop and stare through the little door saying "how cool?" and "this is awesome!", but in reality, none of us even really knew what it was. When we bought a second one, and then later upgraded to the larger Gigabot® model, which was the largest printer on the market at the time, it took a lot of convincing from our drafting department to get funding for it. We were all convinced it was strictly for "printing" action figures and the silly toys that lined the shelf next to it.
That was then. This is now. 3D printing is now an integral part of our design process. We can take an idea, a sketch, or even an existing prototype model and create a real 3D model or make refinements to an existing design to make it function properly without having to go through the expensive and time-consuming process of tooling. We have literally shortened our timeline of concept to part from months to weeks. Just seeing a tangible representation of an idea on paper can tell us instantly how the part will function in the real world, and that process alone has shrunken from weeks to hours. We're talking about a revolution here. Not to mention the global and health benefits of 3D printing with advancements in aerospace, automotive, medical, and education.
We can test new grommets, wire managers, shelf supports, the list goes on. And if we don't like it? No love lost. No costly investments down the drain. This freedom to test parts and amend designs as we go is incredible. Because who gets it right on the first try? And while we are printing drawer pulls and grommets, someone out there is printing an anatomical model of a heart to examine before surgery. Or an actual end use medical device that will end up inside of a patient's body. These advancements in 3D printing are paving the way for future concept modeling with global implications. We are ecstatic to be a part of the movement because this is the beginning of a brilliant future in technology. Just another way we are working to bring you the best in architectural hardware.