Additive manufacturing is a game-changing driver of industry 4.0. However, many companies struggle to move past the testing and experimentation phases of 3D printing. At 3dpmaven, we help our clients unlock the full potential of additive manufacturing by partnering with them at every step, from strategy development to implementation and change management.
Additive Manufacturing Strategy
For manufacturing organizations to effectively embrace additive manufacturing technologies, it is critical to understand the challenges they face along such a digital transformation journey.
Implemented properly, additive manufacturing can significantly reduce material waste, reduce the amount of production steps, inventory being held, and reduce the number of distinct parts needed for an assembly. But one needs a strategy to make it work.
Before starting to commit any capital expenditure on the technology, it is critical to understand the benefits and to create a top-down corporate strategy that reflects areas where your manufacturing operation, end-use parts, and products can truly benefit.
3D printing applications require a lot of know-how and resources. If you have the need for expert resources and planning in your project, we can help out with exactly that and support you with your project execution.
Field of Application
3D printing allows great design freedom and opens up interesting possibilities that are otherwise not possible. We would be happy to show you what is possible with the latest technology, so you can exploit the entire potential.
Conventional design is very different from design for 3D printed components. We support you in 3D printing design and can show you tips and tricks to fully exploit the potential of 3D printing.
Technology & Material Selection
There are many technologies and materials available for 3D printing, all with their own advantages and disadvantages. We help you gain an overview and find the ideal solution for your application.
Depending on your selections we will guide you in regard to post-processing / finishing options for your application.
It can be very time-consuming and difficult to choose the right 3D printer from the masses. Thanks to our know-how of the industry, we can assist you in the procurement of a 3D printer. We can provide pre-purchase advisory services including comparison and considerations.
However, owning a printer is not the only option. We can guide you in preparing a business case with investment vs. producing parts on demand. This could include in-house design and outsourced printing to a service bureau.
Often the exact adjustment of a 3D printer takes a lot of time and can be frustrating without expert know-how. Besides the machine setup, we can also advise with considerations such as enough power, climate control, extraction, and many other facility-related aspects.
Digitalization implies a lot more than the technical implementation of a new Industry 4.0 solution. It is a process that must also be driven and lived by the employees – and requires their expertise in existing workflows and processes. It is crucial that those involved understand the added value and, ideally, have a positive attitude toward digitalization.
Many managers with staff and shopfloor responsibility underestimate the importance of involving shopfloor staff at an early stage when introducing and using the optimal digitalization solution. Often, the focus of the project is on the technology itself.
Change management aims at ensuring the acceptance and, above all, the efficient use of such solutions. This includes involving stakeholders before, during, and after the project phase to ensure optimal implementation and long-term success.
3D Printing Service
With our growing network of 3D printing service providers, we can manufacture prototypes, spare parts, small series, and individual parts for you. Geometrically precise and functionally optimized.
Besides a growing geographical coverage, we are offering polymer as well as metal 3D printing with processes such as FDM, SLA, MJF, and SLS - with further technologies being added constantly. This includes post-processing where needed.
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How we work.
We are a "team of teams" with experts from many different professional groups.
Depending on which competencies a project requires, we put together the right virtual project team from these experts.
The competencies are designed to ensure successful consulting, planning and implementation for different products and solutions.
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