Top Benefits of Open Market in 3D Printing
Open market platforms increase innovation, decrease costs, and create strong global communities for design.
3D printing continues to gain momentum in various industries, particularly in the manufacturing of consumer products, heavy goods, and medical technologies. As companies continue to adapt additive manufacturing into their main production processes, they must determine if an open-market model or a traditional IP model is right for them.
IP laws provide a period of exclusivity for companies, but they also tend to hinder innovation and waste time. Open-market 3D printing has a variety of benefits, including:
1. Increased & Continued Innovation
Open market allows engineers to work from what already exists from other engineers and designers. It provides a larger pool of ideas that can quickly be shared via the cloud without the legal concerns. Open-market platforms also open the floodgates of innovation by providing real-time 3D printed models that can be easily accessed and shared. Customers have full access to a variety of designs offering the capability to customize to fit their specific needs.
2. Global Engineering Teams
Global communities are also created with open market platforms. Engineers using open market get constant and consistent feedback at no costs. Challenges are solved more rapidly than would be possible within a closed model. Everyone has a chance to blossom with open market and newer technologies could go-to-market faster.
3. Inexpensive & Accessible Technology
The constant flow of information that open market provides leads to inexpensive technologies that become more accessible to the public. Open-market platforms also create the potential for rich and sustainable communities to thrive.
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