Additive manufacturing ideal for small series

Before the advent of 3D printing, the launch of a new product necessarily involved making a mold for a few dozen parts, or even for a single prototype. Today, more and more companies are using additive manufacturing to gain flexibility and time for productions up to a few thousand parts. Axis has been offering this service since 2017 and requests continue to grow proving to us the market’s interest in this new production method.

Accelerated time to market

It takes 2 to 4 months to make an industrial production mold using traditional methods. The price is also consequent according to the size and the modifications to be made during the process. In an increasingly competitive market, this delay and these costs can be an obstacle to the success of the product, or even the company if it is a start-up.

3D printing allows you to produce a finished product in a few weeks and to test its market while waiting for the final mold if needed. This reactivity is perfect for start-ups, the event market (trophies, goodies, customer gifts…) or for big brands that launch more and more products in limited editions or have ultra-customized projects (see our article on the mini series for Louboutin).

The mini series by 3D printing are also adapted to emergencies. At the beginning of the Covid crisis, axis teams mobilized to produce visors, tracheal valves and ventilators in epoxy resin or on our HP Multijet fusion (see our article on this subject).

FDM part mini series additive manufacturing ideal for mini series
Example of an FDM part

additive manufacturing ideal for mini-series
RIM Printing

Productivity and quality at the rendezvous

We often imagine 3D printing limited to prototyping because the part produced would not resemble the finished product, or would not have all the desired technical or mechanical characteristics. This image is in fact totally outdated, as the variety of materials (plastics or metals) available for 3D printing is constantly growing and already covers most of the needs of manufacturers. At Axis, the multitude of technologies and materials used allows us to meet the most specific demands. FDM, SLA, SLS, MJF HP and vacuum casting allow for mini series production of up to 10,000 parts, which is more than enough to cover the first few months of product sales. Finishing with paint, varnish or heat treatment then gives the final look and all the characteristics expected by our customers.

So if you also want to launch a production for your project, contact us to define together the technology that suits you.