3D printing is a cost-effective and easy way to manufacture parts. However, you should figure out which manufacturing method is the most reasonable and economical considering the big picture.
It is important to recognise the applications where 3D printing can replace traditional manufacturing methods in a profitable manner. It is not a good solution to manufacture everything with 3D printing, but in many cases, it is the most reasonable alternative.
The table here gives indications on the recommended 3D printing tasks. The table compares 3D printing with machining and injection moulding.
|Manufacturing small series|
|Price of complex workpieces|
|Rabid commencement of production|
|Flexible changes to design|
|Manufacturing large series|