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Total customisation with 3D printing

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3D printing offers revolutionary solutions that create unique, customised products and designs according to customers individual preferences, needs and specifications. 3D printing offers unparalleled freedom in design, material choices, and on-demand production, making it an ideal solution to achieve total customisation.

Achieving complete customisation is becoming increasingly important as industries become more advanced and are demanding more bespoke, complex, customisable products.

Traditional manufacturing methods often involve high setup costs, limitations in design complexity, longer production time-frames and are geared towards mass production rather than individualisation, as well as generating far greater amounts of material waste and extensive tooling.

SYS Systems supplies and supports world-renowned Stratasys 3D printing technologies for prototyping through to production, offering speed, flexibility, and accuracy for a range of products and applications. With a single machine from SYS Systems, companies can adapt to enable full customisation for every customer.

How 3D printing achieves total customisation

Freedom of design:

3D printing creates the opportunity for limitless creative exploration. It allows for elaborate and intricate designs and individualisations that wouldn’t be possible to achieve through traditional manufacturing methods. 3D printing can produce complex shapes, structures, dimensions and geometries, unlocking infinite design possibilities.

Bespoke design and production:

3D printing can adapt to accommodate for products with variety of strengths, flexibilities and materials based on the desired use or application to best reflect the end-use product. 3D printing allows for the creation of bespoke designs, not achievable from traditional methods. 

"From design and installation to training on both the software and the hardware, SYS Systems Stratasys 3D printers have enabled us to really take design and printing on ourselves with confidence."
Dean Pentey, Automation Team Leader, Hellermann’s Tyton .
SYS Systems customer, Hellermann Tyton, invested in a Stratasys Fortus450 3D printer to build bespoke end-of-arm tools for all of their shopfloor machines.

Rapid prototyping and iteration:

Rapid prototyping is one of the key uses of 3D printing. It enables product designers and engineers to design and iterate more quickly, easily, and cost-effectively before a product enters production. This impactful approach to product development continues to help manufacturers shorten lead times and speed up the product development process.

Cost-effective small batch production:

3D printing is a more cost-effective solution for small batch production because you don’t have to invest in multiple moulds, tools or materials that will only be used once. This gives you the freedom to produce small batches that can be updated along the way as well as creating create custom products economically, some of which might only be sold once a year. 

“It has opened up new opportunities for us to be able to deliver higher performance parts with a unique combination of Addition Design and SYS Systems Stratasys 3D printers design capabilities and high-performance materials.”
Tom Fripps, Director and Co-Founder, Addition Design.
SYS Systems customer, Addition Design, invested in a Stratasys F370 3D printer to develop more advanced solutions to new manufacturing challenges.

On-demand production:

3D printing is becoming increasingly utilised for on-demand production. SYS Systems 3D printing technologies store and retain product designs and programs, allowing for products to be manufactured when required, reducing storage costs, time, materials and resources. This not only provides faster and more efficient part manufacturing, but enables cost-saving product innovations and accelerated time-to-market.

Diverse material options:

Stratasys’ 3D printing solutions are increasingly expanding their extensive range of material options, including plastics, metals, ceramics, and composites. These materials can be interchanged and combined in a single print to enable full customisation and accurate replication of end-use products. This opens up a wide range of possibilities for designers and engineers, allowing them to create parts like never before with complex geometries, multiple functions, and a variety of material properties.

"With 3D printing, you can make whatever you want, there are no limits to what we could design with our fixtures. There are so many aspects within the models you can change. The rubberised coating, the colours and the materials to have total flexibility in the fixture. "
Blair Stephenson, Technical Assistant and Project Engineer at Dalau.
SYS Systems customer, Dalau Ltd, invested in a Stratasys J35 3D printer to build bespoke jigs and fixtures to measure and inspect their components.

Global accessibility and distribution:

Global supply chain issues can create a number of major problems including the access and distribution of designs and products. 3D printing technologies help manufacturers to overcome these challenges. The advancement of online platforms, digital design files and cloud-based digital inventories has allowed companies to store, access and print custom-designed products from anywhere in the world (i.e. across sites, branches, external suppliers, etc.).

Healthcare and medical applications:

The medical industry is a prime example of an industry increasingly adopting and reaping the benefits of 3D printing. 3D printing has revolutionised healthcare, enabling the creation of custom implants, prosthetics, and surgical guides tailored to individual patients’ anatomy to ensure the most bespoke and effective treatments. For example, GrabCAD software available from SYS Systems can take imagery from CT and MRI scans and convert them into precise 3D models, used to design custom medical parts.


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