3D printing is advancing into the realm of production, both in terms of work-holding to assist in machining operations and custom end-use parts. While the value of a printer may not seem apparent at first, executing the calculations will tell a different story. In production and manufacturing, productivity is directly tied to revenue and performance.
While the price of a production quality 3D printer may sound steep, it is the money you are saving by eliminating “routine” product manufacturing costs like work-holding, prototyping, and tooling costs that can make the printer worth the investment. In this white paper, we outline the steps you can take to calculate the ROI for a 3D printer including:
- Calculating the cost of your Printed Part
- Determining Costs of Alternate Production
- Finding the break even point
- Determining the Return-on-Investment