How to make the right decision when purchasing a 3D printer – ROI: Losing money and have not realized it?

Article by Luis Doval updated September 24, 2012


The common questions that come to most people’s minds when considering the purchase of a 3D printer are:

  • How much money am I spending in outsourcing prototypes?
  • How many prototypes am I building every month, every year?
  • What is the cost of having an in house 3D printing solution?
  • Does it make sense to buy a 3D printer based on those numbers?

Unfortunately you are probably overlooking other factors that need to be taken into consideration:

  • Your time to market will be shorter, as your prototyping process will be faster by having an in house 3D printing solution.
  • You will be able to print more iterations of a model, due to the reduced cost compared to outsourcing.
  • The confidentiality of your R&D process will be preserved, as your files and prototypes will remain within your boundaries.
  • You will save time and money associated with shipping.

Having an in house 3D printer is not only about what you are going to save compared to your current outsourcing solution, but it is also about accelerating your research and development process, and obtaining extra revenue by being faster to market, with a better product.

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