Low Volume Production
Low Volume Production Capabilities
We continually invest in the latest equipment and rapid manufacturing technology. We are well equipped to handle low to medium-volume production runs. We have annual 3D Printing Capacity of 150,000 hours. We run a lot of print jobs!
Low volume production jobs enable us to use machine time more effectively. We 'nest' low volume production runs around other parts that we are building. The result is that your parts uniquely affordable. The advantages for you as a customer are that this reduces your 3D Printing costs. With industry leading Rapid Prototyping capabilities. We can produce hundreds or thousands of part of small parts in a single print run.
Rapid Prototypes Ltd. minimises the “cost of waiting” for your full production tooling run. and enables you to get to market quicker.
Test your manufacturing or assembly processes with a pilot run before mass production to save time and money!
Low Volume Production: Volume Pricing
Please contact us to discuss your exact projects requirements. Once we have analysed your CAD file we will be in a position to work out an exact volume discount for your project. Volume discounts are only applicable on manual quotes
Low Volume Production Services
Advantages of Additive Manufacturing for Low Volume Production
The "On Demand" nature of additive manufacturing technology allows you to get to market faster.
Low Capital Expenditure
Parts are built directly from digital CAD data. There are no upfront costs for tooling.
Fast Lead Times
With no tooling required. With Direct Digital Manufacturing, parts printed from digital CAD data within hours. Compared to weeks for traditional manufacturing were lead times for molding could be 6-12 weeks.
Unlimited Complexity at No Extra Cost
Freedom to Redesign
Additive Manufacturing allows flexibility to modify and redesign parts with minimal costs. All that is required is a change to the CAD design file. There are no retooling costs and there are no time delays associated with retooling. Additive Manufacturing serves as a great bride to production. Additive Manufacturing has the flexibility to change a product's design after its launch. This is particularly advantageous when launching new products.
Applications Best Suited to Low Volume Production
One of the greatest cost advantages for Additive Manufacturing vs Traditional Manufacturing processes is when you are looking to produce low volumes of highly complex parts. The cost of complexity comes at no higher price in Additive Manufacturing and is simply a function of the volume of material in the part.
The cost of customization in Additive Manufacturing requires a simple change to the CAD Data. There are no tooling considerations or setup costs. This means you can produce customized or unique items at a very similar cost to identical items.
Disadvantages of Additive Manufacturing for Low Volume Production
No Economies of Scale
Unit costs remain relatively constant irrespective of quantity unlike traditional manufacturing. In traditional manufacturing, the greater the volume you produce the greater your savings. Tooling costs are amortized over more units and you achieve economies of scale.