Vulnerability: Production slowdown or cancellation due to plant closures. Automotive, electronics, household goods, meatpacking — you name it, and it likely had to shut down temporarily in recent months.
Solution: 3D printing. Lower inventory and production costs, cut shipping costs, quicken delivery times, provide faster, on-demand customer experiences, eliminate middlemen in their supply chain resellers and long-distance carriers.
Regardless of the crisis, 86 % of companies plan to raise more funds for additive manufacturing. The high level of investment in 3D printing is also reflected in the positive impact of its adoption, with over half of companies using 3D printing increasing productivity (56 %), reducing costs (52 %), and expanding their product range (51 %).
3D printing is now able to take root. It takes the exceptional to make companies rethink concepts. More independent parts sourcing, more robust supply chains, and reduced inventory levels are all criteria that can play a greater role once the crisis is over.
Combining industrial 3D printing with digital manufacturing structures allows machines and software systems to be networked to control production at globally distributed locations. However, the extent to which distributed production is to be used must be individually defined based on the company's situation and strategy.
Our new expert paper by Dr. Marius Lakomiec provides an overview of the ways in which distributed production can be realized with additive manufacturing structures and digital networking. It also shows what the digital value-added chain for small and medium-sized series looks like - including a sample calculation of the return on investment. The fact that all this is not just theory is illustrated in the last section Use Cases from various industries.