Using this process has a number of advantages, which apply just as much to the field of electronics as to other industries.
Some benefits apply possibly more to electronics than to other areas, because of the relative ease in which electronic components can be printed. Because electronic parts can be constructed using a range of specialised inks, rather than industrial materials such as metal powders and binders, it’s far easier to have a printer for the purpose of 3D printing.
This means that there’s a far lesser need to buy and store parts in advance in anticipation of some possible future need. The ability to print out 3D electronic components as and when needed means resources can be far more flexibly used.
Being able to respond to demand rather than stockpile components is a far more economical way to work, but that’s not the only financial benefit. Compared to conventional engineering techniques, there’s far less wastage as any materials in the printer left unused can simply be utilised on the next project. Conventional manufacturing techniques can result in up to 90% wastage of materials as they use a subtractive process, where the object is obtained from processing a larger material and removing the unwanted areas.
The process also requires less human input; this saves on salary costs as only quick periodic checks are required to ensure all is on track. This means costly human-related errors are also eliminated as a possibility.
And of course, being able to create a truly innovative product, and get it to market quickly carries its own advantages. Rapid prototyping processes enable a fast turnover of a new concept, sidestepping the lengthy process than a more conventional design would take to produce.