The mantra "Adapt or perish," often credited to H. G. Wells, underscores the critical nature of adaptation in the business landscape, emphasizing that entities failing to adjust to market changes risk obsolescence. This principle extends to technology, with the evolution of processes and tools crucial for relevance. In the realm of 3D printing, Stratasys recognizes the need for constant innovation, introducing OpenAM software to enhance the Fortus 450mc. This software transforms the printer into an open-source counterpart, allowing users to fine-tune print parameters, experiment with new materials, and utilize non-bill-of-material Stratasys materials. While this requires a nuanced understanding of the software and material tuning, comprehensive guidance is provided. The flexibility offered by OpenAM empowers businesses to adapt to diverse needs, as exemplified by Rocket Composites, which successfully utilized the software to meet stringent customer requirements within budget and time constraints. This adaptability not only ensures survival but also opens doors to new opportunities, making companies well-equipped to positively impact their bottom line.
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