Insurance companies could soon all be using 3D printers to repair broken windows or ornaments. A company aiming to make this possible is CED, which works for several insurance parties. This company is currently working on a so-called damage printer. The Dutch version of international newspaper Metro reports that the printer is expected to be used by February 2015.
The benefit of using 3D printing technology is that – CED believes – it can shorten the delivery time of certain items that are essential for fixing the damage. For instance ceiling ornaments, baseboards and plastic windows. By speeding up the process of creating those items, insurance companies will sooner be able to fix the damage. Robin Hoest, director of Metro told the newspaper that they will not focus on replacing glass or wood objects with 3D printed copies, as those items can usually be delivered within a short period of time.
The company thinks using 3D printing technology could be cheaper for insurance companies, and it could make customers more satisfied as well. Little items could easily be printed, and customers might sooner enjoy the comfort of their homes again. CED has tested its 3D printers and the company has had positive experiences. Roest tells Metro they have been able to print almost everything they wanted to, from metal to plastic and even wood.
An additional benefit of using 3D printing technology in the insurance world is that the technology enables companies to replicate items in the exact same way they used to be. This is especially highly useful useful while printing ornaments for a ceiling, because traditional techniques usually can’t replicate ornaments in the original way.
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