In recent years, on-demand manufacturing has emerged as a notable alternative to traditional methods, particularly in enterprise businesses. Unlike conventional approaches that demand high-volume production for cost-effectiveness, on-demand manufacturing utilizes technologies like 3D printing, CNC machining, and water jet processes to produce low- to mid-volume goods precisely when and where they are needed. Factors such as disrupted supply chains, off-shore manufacturing challenges, and a shortage of skilled labor have fueled discussions on the need for evolving current manufacturing methods. To facilitate the widespread adoption of next-generation manufacturing, there's a call to transform the existing manufacturing paradigm to align seamlessly with Industry 4.0 elements, encompassing decentralization, interoperability, big data, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
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