In an age where the average person can purchase a 3D printer and churn out any item, he or she needs, getting a custom manufacturing system made for your business isn’t a priority. After all, most people would get a ready-made machine instead of having one made particularly for their needs. This is on top of the fact that custom setups can be more expensive than their stock counterparts.
Why Custom Manufacturing System?
That said, it’s better to think of a custom manufacturing system as worthy investments than a frivolous expense. Here are some reasons why:
1. More Precision
A ready-made manufacturing system is a one-size-fits-all machine, designed to create products for different industries. Hence, it may not be able to develop specific parts for your product, especially ones that require more precision processes. By having a system customized to your own needs, you will have the right linear stages set up for your product.
A ready-made setup may not also be able to handle the raw materials that you want to use. Some machines won’t be able to handle stronger metals or fabrics, forcing you to compromise on your product.
2. Fewer Errors
Of course, when you have a manufacturing process that’s primed for your needs, you’ll be able to minimize the number of errors. Say goodbye to backlashes or misalignments that can result in the production of faulty products.
3. More Efficiency
While a stock manufacturing system may be able to do the job, a customized system may be able to do the job better. For example, a custom system may already incorporate QA features that a stock setup may not have. It may have automation built in for repetitive processes, decreasing the turnaround time for each batch. Or it may have more user-friendly features, such as a better user interface.
4. Less Waste, More Savings
With more products made to precision, you’ll waste less money and raw products, as you minimize the chances of creating defective items. But that’s not the only thing you’ll get to save on. A custom manufacturing system may also be designed to fit better in your facility, helping you maximize the space. Even the setup of the machine itself may be easier. The parts may be easier to ship and assemble when it first arrives at your facility, saving you valuable time and effort.
Business is booming, and more orders for your product are coming in. You want to increase your weekly production numbers to keep up with demand, and so you are looking for an upgrade to your system. If you use a stock manufacturing system, you may not be able to upgrade your system to churn out more products in a week. On the other hand, a custom setup is easier to upgrade not only to ramp up production but also to create new kinds of products.
As these five reasons show, spending extra on a custom manufacturing system is not an impractical expense. In fact, it will even help you save time, money, and energy that you could better spend on growing your business.