Modern businesses and even eager amateurs can create almost anything thanks to the cutting edge manufacturing tech options that are available in the 21st century.
Of course, if you do not have an idea for a killer product to make, you might be looking for a bit of inspiration to get your creative juices flowing. To that end, here are just a handful of appealing ideas to just as a jumping-off point for your own endeavours.
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Mobile phone accessories
The mobile market is a lucrative area to target, especially if you make unique and engaging accessories that owners will want to snap up in droves.
You can use both 3D printers and CNC machines to create peripherals and add-ons for popular phone types. For example, 3D printed phone cases provide protection from drops and bumps, while CNC-milled stands can be ideal for displaying handsets in a stylish way on an office desk or a bedside table.
The best reason to do this is that you can easily outsource the actual production to a specialist firm that offers a CNC service or a 3D printing service. That way you can focus on coming up with the most compelling design possible, without having to worry about procuring the hardware needed to produce it.
Once again, the versatility of both CNC machines and modern 3D printers means that you can turn complex CAD files into physical products in a jiffy, and that opens up a whole lot of new options when it comes to home furnishings, fittings and fixtures.
Say you want to make an amazing, bespoke lampshade out of metal or wood, but you lack the skills and experience to bring it to life. In this case, you can turn to the power of CNC to make your ambitions a reality.
Meanwhile, a 3D printer can deliver similar results, with even the most unusual structures becoming a possibility. You could even recreate vintage designs that have long since been discontinued with ease, meaning that this is even appropriate for retro projects.
Once again the world is your oyster if you want to design and produce jewelry for men and women with either CNC machines or 3D printers.
With the former, it becomes fast and efficient to create one of a kind pieces using a variety of metals, and indeed even the top designers are beginning to use this tech because of its flexibility and effectiveness.
With the latter, the ability to print out stand-out necklaces, earrings, bangles and brooches without needing to spend years training as a craftsperson will be a boon.
As the cashless economy moves closer to being a reality, many consumers are looking for a simpler solution for storing their payment cards.
Whether you opt to make CNC milled wallets from metal so that they are ultra-rugged, or choose 3D printed plastic cardholders that are cost-effective and customizable, the options are endless.
As you can see, when it comes to CNC machines and 3D printers for product design, the only limitation is your imagination.