When—or maybe if—you ever think of 3D printing, you associate it with one of three groups: artists and designers, engineers, and hobbyists, all of whom incorporate 3D printer models in their work or play. But have you ever considered how having a 3D printer can help you in your work if you’re not a part of those groups? Perhaps not, but you might be surprised at how easily you can incorporate 3D printing in your job’s promotions, marketing, and services. Here are just a few ways 3D printing can benefit your business
Be Your Own Printer
For starters, if you already have an interest in creating promotional materials personalized with your business’ name, address, and contact information, you don’t have to rent a printer to do it for you. Run off as many promo items on your printer as you need and create more any time you like. You can even create items with your clients’ names on them as special giveaways, whether you’re at the office, at a conference, or elsewhere. And, of course, you can also create your own models, prototypes, and other things on your own time and your own dime.
Run a Side Gig by Renting Out Your Printer
A 3D printer can be a big investment, but as mentioned above, it’s one that quickly pays for itself through creating and printing your own projects. Pay for it even faster by letting clients know you have a Creatbot F430 3D Printer or other fine piece of 3D printing equipment available for rent or on a project-to-project basis. You can dictate the costs as you see fit, offering them the opportunity to print out their projects themselves or to hire you to do it for them.
Create Parts and Materials on a Per-Order Basis
Do you provide parts for specific machines, instruments, or other devices? With a 3D printer, you have a miniature factory that fits on a desk and that can create specific parts in a short span of time. What does that mean? Well, it means more space on your factory floor or in your office space and the ability to explore other ways to increase profits with that new space. It means there’ll be no production delays or breakdowns on the line (if you maintain your printer!) Lastly, it also means there’ll be no need for inventory storage since you can produce parts as orders come in. That’s a lot of time and waste off your plate!
Here’s one of the last ways 3D printing can benefit your business. New media inspire new ideas. When you have a 3D printer, your mind will come alive and ablaze with new notions about how to promote your business, prototypes for new products, fun ideas for employee and client events that will get people excited, and more. The question isn’t what will you print but rather what will you print next?