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5 Keys to Successfully Enable On-Demand Manufacturing

Devin Culham, 3YOURMIND
March 7, 2022
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Eager to develop an on-demand manufacturing model? Learn how to successfully leverage additive manufacturing on-demand with these tips from Automation Alley member 3YourMind.

5 Keys to Successfully Enable On-Demand Manufacturing

Eager to develop an on-demand manufacturing model? Learn how to successfully leverage additive manufacturing on-demand.

On-demand manufacturing has become an increasingly attractive prospect to service bureaus, suppliers, and original equipment manufacturers, as industries grapple with supply chain disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whereas previous supplier and manufacturing priorities focused on producing lean, just-in-time parts, we’re now seeing a shift toward risk-averse manufacturing methods to fortify supply chains.

As on-demand becomes more ‘in-demand,’ significant questions arise regarding the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of short- and long-run on-demand manufacturing production runs. Today, on-demand manufacturing is primarily innovative and yet to be widely applicable to all industries. However, specialized opportunities exist for cutting-edge organizations to get ahead of manufacturing and supply chain trends, to lay the groundwork for future on-demand manufacturing models.

This article will discuss five keys to successfully enabling on-demand manufacturing.

Find New Applications and Business Cases for AM

Approaching additive manufacturing from a conventional manufacturing perspective can lead to disappointment. On the other hand, on-demand manufacturing promises simplified manufacturing without supply chain constraints. First, however, it’s necessary to understand which use cases provide the greatest benefit to your organization.

One of the most critical exercises for organizations when first embarking on their AM journey is identifying new applications and business cases for additive manufacturing. This process involves screening current part inventory and analyzing which parts are printable and printable parts that require design changes, off-the-shelf parts, and parts not suitable for 3D printing. From here, additional analysis determines whether AM is both technically and economically feasible.

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Devin Culham, 3YOURMIND
Devin Culham, 3YOURMIND

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