Henery Ford once said, "If you need a machine and don't buy it, you will wind up paying for it and not have it."
The State of The Art - Markforged FX-20 3-D Printer:
Problem solvers find ways to accomplish their objectives in spite of obstacles placed in front of them. The high cost of manufacturing these days, due to inflation and the labor shortage force "thinking outside the box".
3-D Printers are becoming a great tool to short cut the machining process for certain parts. This means you can go straight from the design software to the printer to obtain the objective. That converts to no CNC machine, fixtures, tooling or CNC machine operator needed. This does a couple of things for the business world. It means that certain parts can be made cheaper, quicker, and in a lot of cases, better than before! JV