When Is the Right Time to Outsource 3D Printing Production?

As the capabilities of additive manufacturing and 3D printing grow, so does their appeal across various industries. While bringing these technologies in-house is an option, the associated costs and the complexity of operations can be significant. You might find yourself grappling with not just the financial outlay for equipment but also the demands of training, expertise acquisition, and ongoing maintenance. Not to mention keeping pace with ever-evolving technologies and meeting international standards. Outsourcing your 3D printing production could be the solution, simplifying these challenges.

Determining the optimal time to outsource

Here are some instances when it’s wise to consider outsourcing your additive manufacturing and 3D printing needs:

  • For businesses operating on a global scale, outsourcing additive manufacturing and 3D printing to a provider in a manufacturing hub like China can streamline logistics. This approach allows for direct shipping from the manufacturer to various international locations, keeping your supply chain fluid.
  • When your product is in the developmental phase, leveraging outsourced additive manufacturing and 3D printing services can be particularly advantageous. A trusted provider can offer a suite of technologies, including SLA, FDM, SLS, DMLS, and MJF 3D printing, all under one roof. This breadth of services can deliver your prototyping needs swiftly and in a cost-effective manner.
  • As the need for part quantities grows, outsourcing can be the more economical choice. It saves time and simplifies the production process. Similarly, for sporadic prototype demands—perhaps only a handful per week or month—turning to an outsourcing specialist can reduce costs and speed up the time to market.

Partnering with a specialist in additive manufacturing and 3D printing grants you access to a wealth of external expertise. Their experience and knowledge are invaluable, often providing crucial insights into design optimization and production feasibility. This expertise can enhance part design and tailor it to specific 3D printing technologies. By outsourcing, you also bypass the expense and effort of recruiting and training specialized in-house teams.

Expanding production capabilities

Certain projects may require specialized 3D printers and manufacturing techniques that only seasoned experts possess. For comprehensive solutions in additive manufacturing and 3D printing, HLH Proto is ready to assist. They offer competitive pricing and rapid service. Reach out to their team for a complimentary project review and quote, and discover how outsourcing can elevate your production capabilities.


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