For those of you who don’t know what a 3d printer is: 3D printing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes. 3D printing is also considered distinct from traditional machining techniques, which mostly rely on the removal of material by methods such as cutting or drilling. – Wikipedia: 3D Printing
Since the 3d printers inception back in 1984, they’ve been a huge boon for prototyping and manufacturing. However, since the start of the 21st century there has been a significant price drop. Now, almost anyone can afford these printers (starting at $499.) Because 3d printers so cheap, forums and websites have appeared where you can simply download a file and execute it to make any shape, part or item that you want. To keep this short, the possibilities are endless with these machines.
The Benefit For The E-Cig Market: The e-cig market has always relied on metal products for housing devices (mainly because its a good conductor), but 3d printers can create easier and more accessible device options for companies, instead of sourcing only through China. It’s a little costly for a small business to create their own device, but with a 3d printer, it’s can be very affordable.
For example, to have a stand manufactured, there’s a minimum order quantity, which could require quite an investment for a product that may not do well. With a 3d printer, the cost is so low that the risk is largely mitigated.
Recently, the user Veyf posted this stand titled “Friend of mine 3d printed a stand for me,” on r/electronic_cigarette:
Think it, design it, then print it. Just that easy.
What are your thoughts? – Have you jumped on the 3d printing bangwagon? Let us know in the comments below.