There are a number of technologies allowing business owners to make a career out of designing and creating their own products from scratch.
Thanks to a combination of Autodesk software and 3D printing, almost anything can be dreamt up, developed, produced and sold, giving entrepreneurs the ability to manufacture products without the cost of setting up an entire factory.
Naturally, designers are already letting their imaginations run wild with the help of the new technology, proving to other businesses the sky is the limit when it comes to creating new products with 3D printing.
Here are three examples of these solutions in use:
There's always room for cutting costs and adding efficiency to a design process, even in the high-stakes, high-glamour world of fashion.
Continuum Fashion discovered it could use 3D printing to produce shoes that are ready to wear on the catwalk or to the shops, revealing that the technique notably reduced the amount of waste created in the production process.
The firm even pointed out that more than 90 per cent of each shoe is printed on a machine of similar size to the Ultimaker 2, meaning that for a comparatively small sum, almost anyone can start a world-leading fashion startup.
2. Car parts
While people have been working on their own cars in driveways or garages since the first Model T rolled of the production like more than a century ago, there have always been limits to what can be done.
Until the advent of 3D printing, it was virtually impossible to create custom car parts at home, so while backyard mechanics could alter everything else on their vehicle, the bodywork had to be handled by professionals.
In China, 40 students out this design attitude to the test, designing car parts in AutoCAD then producing them with a 3D printer. Not only did it mean they could custom-build their own car parts, they also crafted lighter components, resulting in a faster vehicle at the end of it.
As 3D printing is looking to be a defining force in the future of manufacturing, it's only fair that children are able to get a taste of it as soon as possible. With a number of companies around the world experimenting with the technology - including Disney - it's only a matter of a time before 3D printing allows startups to create these products on their own.
If you're looking to base a startup around 3D printing, you'll need to know how it can be integrated into your design workflow. Download our free whitepaper on 3D Printing.
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