Added complexity can reduce cost
Where the abovementioned constraints do not apply there is a world of opportunity that opens up with a 3d printed fixture. The limitation of traditional fabrication methods simply do not apply in 3d printing. 3d printed fixtures can now have complex, feature-laden and freeform configurations without adding time and cost. In fact, added complexity may even reduce cost and time. For example, pockets, holes and channels reduce material consumption, build time and total process time, compared with subtractive processes, where they increase cost and time.