Delivering value to our customers to ensure a profitable additive manufacturing journey
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is supposed to be a major business disrupter, but how will it affect your business? How can you leverage AM to increase your efficiency or reduce the amount of money you have tied up in inventory, warehousing, and lengthy product development lifecycles? Where do you even start to try to climb this mountain of paradigm shifting technology? Well, we can answer all of those questions and more, by providing a step-by-step education, identification, implementation, and stabilization program that fits your business.
Maybe your business doesn’t need 3d printing equipment in house now. Maybe you just need custom 3d printed parts, and help finding the right technology in terms of quality, lead-time, and price. Maybe you have been utilizing a 3d printing service and now are ready to purchase a 3d printer, but don’t know which one to purchase.
Remember, 3DC’s staff are the experts, and can customize a solution that works for your business. With our extensive experience in engineering problem solving, specifically in the field of additive manufacturing, there hasn’t been one opportunity missed because of it being to complex.
When you need solutions fast, 3DC has the expertise and resources to rise to the challenge. 3DC can get injection molding, machining, and 3d printing done faster than most organizations because of our willingness to put in extra hours to get the job done and also because of our vast manufacturing network.
Where are your high impact, low effort Additive Manufacturing opportunities?
Product / Service Selection
For your existing opportunity, which specific product or service, or combination of the two, will meet your needs and represent a comprehensive solution?
What is the plan of action to implement the said solution in the most efficient value to your company?
How do we support the solution to make sure your team is successful in the ongoing months and years?
3DC’s Additive Manufacturing Journey
3DC has noticed a pattern in the path organizations take when getting involved in additive manufacturing (AM) which we have named the “Additive Manufacturing Journey”. The AM Journey is characterized by four quadrants, or phases, that a business goes through while they mature in AM.
Phase 1, the Identification phase. This is where most organizations are when they first call us. They are interested in 3D printing because they have heard of the benefits of the technology and how disruptive it will be, but don’t know where they currently have opportunities that would be good candidates, or even what potential solutions would look like.
Phase 2 is the Prototyping phase. In this phase, an organization is reaping the benefits of using AM to 3D print prototypes which reduce design cycle time and expense.
In Phase 3, which is known as the Tooling phase, organizations are not only using 3D printing for prototyping, but also using it to create tooling and work aids in the form of jigs and fixtures. This cuts process time and costs by streamlining.
Finally in Phase 4, the Production phase, organizations are redesigning parts entirely around a 3D printed solution and are able to yield savings by having custom products that can be made just in time or products with reduced assembly requirements. Companies like GE Aviation, Stryker Orthopedics, and Siemens are currently in phase 4 of the additive manufacturing journey.
There is a 5th Phase that we don’t show in the figure, and it’s called the AM Equipment Development phase. This phase is most notably reached when a company actually starts developing its own AM equipment lines for the purpose 3D printing their products. Very few companies have reached this stage, but they do exist and are usually quite confidential.