The costs op 3D printing highly depends on your needs and your own expertise. If you have the option to do e.g. in-house 3D modelling, this would decrease your initiation costs. Typically you need to be aware of the following costs associated with AM technologies:
- 3D Printers
- Training of engineers/staff
- Time required
When you want to produce mass-volume products, traditional or subtractive manufacturing methods are still more efficient than additive manufacturing. But, the industry is developing with a fast pace and the landscape is growing in diversity. With new companies joining the different fields, a healthy competition arises and companies are pushed to keep focusing on innovation and development. This will naturally leed to lower prices.