The company says the machine’s touchscreen bezel — one of the 32 parts — would have cost about $100,000 for traditional tooling and required about a sixweek wait. In contrast, rapid manufacturing builds parts on-demand directly from 3D CAD files.

A collection of components shows parts for the FDM 900mc machine that were built using rapid manufacturing. The large-format 3D printer has a build envelope of 3 × 2 × 3 ft.