Small Batch Manufacturing

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Get What You Want When You Want It

Take advantage of all that 3D Printing has to offer by manufacturing with ZABFAB. If you have a new product in its early stages and are looking to cost effectively scale up production, ZABFAB can offer a variety of cost advantages over traditional plastic product manufacturing. With traditional injection molding, the setup and tooling costs create a large capital outlay and fixed costs that must be overcome with large volumes. 3D printing can create products with complex designs and customized features on demand, exactly when you need it. There is no tooling required as there is with injection molding and investment casting with wax patterns. For small volume plastic product manufacturing, 3D printing offers a great option that provides quality parts, with complex features all with less inventory, less waste and more efficiency.

Scaled To Meet Your Needs

Run Leaner Operations

Increase Product ROI

3D Printing does not require tooling and involves very minimal setup time. Investing large amounts of resources in fixed costs and, subsequently holding large amounts of product inventory after the production run will adversely affect cash management and ROI when introducing new products. Small Batch Manufacturing with ZABFAB allows you to scale production with the demand of your business so that you can efficiently manage your cash flows and inventory. When compared with other traditional manufacturing methods, 3D printing offers several advantages including:

  • More cost-effective in low volumes
  • Faster lead times
  • Better customization options
  • More design freedom
  • Less material and labor required


ZABFAB can get you the products you need, exactly when you need them.

Casting Patterns

One of the unique applications of 3D printing is creating casting patterns for low volume or highly customized orders. The normal casting workflow involves buying a mold tool to create the pattern which is then used to create the shell that the metal is poured into. The initial mold tool for the pattern adds additional costs and lead time and can only be used to create a single part. In contrast, 3D printing can rapidly and cost effectively create casting patterns for low volume orders and highly customized products. For more information on 3D printed casted patterns, check out our guide to investment casting with 3D printing.

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