3D printing — faster and cheaper than Amazon or shops downtown

Any­one who buys a 3D print­er knows the start time in which one prints all sort of nec­es­sary and unnec­es­sary objects. After a while this amount decreas­es and you print more prag­mat­i­cal­ly and focus on util­i­ty (the thing 3D print­ers are actu­al­ly made for).

In this blog post we walk you through a prac­ti­cal 3D print­ing appli­ca­tion for which we see eco­nom­ic ben­e­fits in the near future through 3D print­ing in pri­vate use.

Example of a practical 3D printing application

This exam­ple is for every­one using con­tact lens­es, those of you who cook (often) and so on. One of our 3D gurus was home Fri­day night and had a flight abroad the next day. While pack­ing, he noticed that he had only one bot­tle with more than one liter of clean­ing liq­uid for his con­tact lens­es. To save weight, it was only log­i­cal to fill a small amount in a small­er tube.

He imme­di­ate­ly found a suit­able bot­tle to pour the liq­uid in, but quick­ly real­ized that the top open­ing was too small which would lead the flu­id past the sides. There­fore, head had the idea to use a fun­nel, but couldn’t find a no suit­able one at home.

What now?

Go down­town and buy one – no, it was too late and most shops closed.

Buy com­fort­ably via Ama­zon Prime – no, there was not enough time for that.

Then he real­ized this sim­ple and inge­nious idea of ​​sim­ply print­ing it out.

3D printing - faster and cheaper than Amazon or shops downtown

Here we have an exam­ple of a prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tion and eco­nom­ic ben­e­fits through 3D print­ing in pri­vate use. It not only saved him mon­ey, but most impor­tant­ly solved the prob­lem of urgency. No Ama­zon Prime or express deliv­ery could com­pete with the hero­ic feel­ing of hold­ing the self-print­ed object in his hands after 30 min­utes.

Challenge of practical 3D printing applications

Of course, in this exam­ple we out the high acqui­si­tion costs and learn­ing expens­es for 3D print­ing. In addi­tion, the qual­i­ty of our fun­nel can­not meet the usu­al qual­i­ty stan­dards of e.g. metal­lic fun­nels.

In return, we have only focused on two pos­i­tive aspects. The cost advan­tage of 3D print­ing in and that the fun­nel was print­ed after only 30 min­utes. Fur­ther ben­e­fits such as the option for cus­tomiza­tion of the size, col­ors, shapes and a sig­na­ture have been left out.

The great­est need for our soci­ety and busi­ness­es to ben­e­fit from these advan­tages is the neces­si­ty for suf­fi­cient aware­ness. The rea­son is that at the moment some­one needs an object, the par­tic­i­pants must direct­ly come to the idea of 3D print­ing it at home. Even we had to think for a moment and did not rec­og­nize the appli­ca­tion at first. In ret­ro­spect, it was self-evi­dent for us and the entire range of ben­e­fits is clear­ly vis­i­ble. But in such a sit­u­a­tion, the brain works very effi­cient­ly tak­ing the old path with­out los­ing time for exten­sive and cre­ative con­sid­er­a­tion.

Summary

We hope this pos­i­tive expe­ri­ence of our prac­ti­cal 3D print­ing appli­ca­tion helped you find new oppor­tu­ni­ties in your dai­ly life. Eco­nom­ic ben­e­fits of 3D print­ing in pri­vate use were clear­ly vis­i­ble. How­ev­er, this does not replace the need for shops and online ser­vices, but serves as an addi­tion­al tool in the mid-term (tak­ing over most of it in the long-term). How­ev­er, as tech­nol­o­gy advances, the bal­ance (per­cent­age) will change as it did with online shop­ping.

It was also impor­tant for us to high­light the impor­tance of aware­ness for appli­ca­tions in soci­ety and busi­ness. Only the widest pos­si­ble use cas­es of 3D print­ers cre­ate the desired added val­ue which the tech­nol­o­gy promis­es.

If you have ques­tions or want to share own exam­ples, feel free to con­tact us via the com­ment sec­tion below or via the con­tact form.

Good luck and a lot of fun wish­es your 3D.Guru team!

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