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How to Scale 3D Printing with Distributed Manufacturing

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The digital revolution is still early but clearly starting to take shape. The strain that Covid-19 has put on global supply chains is just another example of why organizations must think agile and resilience when it comes to their supply chains. Digital connectivity among designers, engineers, managers, technicians, and physical industrial assets will unlock enormous value and change the manufacturing landscape forever.

Organizations must consider their digital manufacturing strategy earlier in the AM journey to ensure sustainable business growth as they expand AM capabilities. 

Although the progress of Additive enables agile supply chains, opportunities for cost reduction, supply chain resiliency, product advancement, and enables vision to delivery on technology that has not been possible before, advancement comes with challenges of added complexity.

Because the additive manufacturing industry is in a constantly evolving state, organizations face the challenge of keeping up with the ever-changing technology while trying to scale their additive operations to meet demands.

Innovation within additive has historically been focused on machines and the technology within the machines; machines to produce complex geometries, machines to print faster, machines to utilize different materials. But as organizations begin to utilize Additive for on-demand printing, concurrent manufacturing, and series production, the focus has to shift from hardware to the environment in which these machines operate. Isn’t the end-goal for additive to achieve repeatable, quality parts that meet standards and regulations and to be a “new” tool within the supply chain? If so, there is a critical need for innovation beyond hardware.