3D printers are getting more widely used for producing of individual details or complete end products in small series. This allows testing of the consumers’ preferences and to produce in bulk only a particular new product that they like. The technology is also suitable for specific forms of production for which the construction of traditional type of production facilities would be too expensive, as well as for quick fulfillment of the local demand of a certain product in a certain region.
3D printing is often combined with other methods for serial production in order to optimize the process, to reduce the time and to improve the quality. The creation of 3D printed molds for injection (injection molding), blowing (blow molding) or thermoforming is becoming more and more common. One of the main advantages of the matrix built in this way are the dedicated cooling channels which allows casting of complex forms of a higher quality.