First and foremost, the method proposed by NeoMetrix is non-destructive to customer parts. If the client decides they would like to keep their original bike components for resale value, they are free to do so.
With a handheld 3D scanner
, capturing data is fast and easy. Companies have a much easier time gaining access to OEM components if they do not have to alter or destroy them in the process. This will allow the manufacturer to build a significant catalogue BEFORE receiving orders, or in the very least have access to the data immediately upon receiving one, thus reducing time to market.
Having the ready-to-mold seat geometry pulled directly from the printer in a matter of hours is huge for time-to-market savings. Depending on the 3D printer
selected for the job, some surface preparation may still be required for molding purposes, however this is only a small portion of the master pattern creation process.
Finally, the manufacturer will have digital backups of their entire catalogue. In the event a company their entire pattern/mold collection in a fire, hurricane, or other disaster, they must no longer start from scratch to rebuild their capabilities.