The potential applications of 3D printing are virtually limitless, which is why it is used in many different industries. Applications of 3D printing can be found in the medical world, but it is also used in architecture, art and the food industry.
With the FDM 3D printing method, different types of plastic can be used. PLA is a biodegradable plastic and the most used plastic for printing prototypes. Another common plastic is PRO1 plastic. PRO1 plastic is used when a prototype needs to be very strong and able to withstand heat (a PLA type with the properties of ABS).
If you need a product so quickly that you cannot wait for the delivery time from your supplier, it may be faster to print it yourself. However, if you need (much) larger amounts of the same product, it is faster and qualitatively better to make them by injection molding, or to order the product from a supplier such as Rompa Group.
3D printing is also a good option for making products that do not actually exist or are normally not available separately - think of small parts for technical maintenance, or a holder to use on your desk. The possibilities with 3D printing are endless, within the limits of the printer itself.
We will explain more about the application of 3D-printing within the Rompa group later on in the article.