Plenty of companies are using 3D printing technology to become more operationally efficient and bring their ideas to market faster and at a cheaper price. This video from KUKA shows how 3D printing can be used to fasten development cycles.
The company uses 3D printing to make robotic arms and grips more efficiently:
The KR 3 AGILUS saw one of the company’s fastest development cycles yet among other reasons thanks to the extensive use of 3D printing. Using an in-house 3D printer with a large build volume allows designers and engineers to print and test designs much earlier in the process than if they outsourced parts. With the rich physical information available from the early printed prototypes, the designers can make faster and better decisions — decisions that ultimately save weeks off their total development time