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3D printers in packaging design

3D printers in packaging design

Businesses find 3D printers particularly useful in packaging design.

How 3D printing boosts packaging design

Concept arts of prototype packaging items that are to be 3D printed.

Packaging designers face three major challenges in their work

  • Packaging can be made with various materials, each requiring specific tools
  • A large number of prototypes is usually necessary
  • Ordering multiple one-off designs increases the overall cost of the prototyping stage

Complex shapes

3D printers can print almost all shapes, so there is no significant price differences between different designs.

Wide range of materials

Filaments for 3D printers are designed to imitate various materials like wood, glass, or carbon fiber.

Multiple prototypes

Multiple design ideas can be evaluated simultaneously as one 3D printer can print multiple prototypes in one go.

In-house fabrication

Fabrication is done in-house to shorten lead times, lower the costs, and mitigate the risk of having the design leaked.