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Low Volume Production

With the growing demand for Low Volume Production also known as low volume manufacturing and small batch production Malcolm Nicholls Ltd can produce 1 – 1000’s of parts.

If your looking for a one-off bespoke top-quality part such as a trophy, or you require 1000’s of customised parts such a widgets, we have the solutions to suit your needs.

Malcolm Nicholls Ltd Low Volume Manufacturing Experts

What is Low Volume Production?

Low volume production (also known as low volume manufacturing or direct digital manufacturing – DDM) is a term used to describe production when the quantity is less than typical production runs of 100s of thousands or more. Although there is no specific quantity that determines the threshold, LVP usually refers to quantities in the low thousands or less. Low volume production can offer the same quality parts as mass production, just in a smaller volume.

It is an increasingly popular option as it allows for a smaller investment in tooling and materials while providing fast access to market. It also acts to bridge the gap between initial prototypes and mass production.

Historically, manufacturing components in low quantities has always been a costly exercise. With the advent of 3D printing and vacuum casting many constraints previously faced can now be significantly reduced. Technologies such as SLS (Stereolithography) and FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) can now be used (especially for non-seen parts), to produce components in quantities as low as 1s and 2s and up to thousands, but still with exceptional material properties such as flame retardancy and high-heat requirements. Traditional design constraints, usually associated with injection mould tooling for example, can now be ignored enabling designers to be more efficient and reduce part count within assemblies.

Looking to Produce Multiple Parts?

We can produce anything from one to thousands

Why use Low Volume Production?

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Delivery within days - Wide variety of processes available - We use only the very best 3D printers