Today's economy requires companies to be agile and flexible when it comes to their business operations. Traditional manufacturing approaches need re-thinking. Companies are looking for ways to overcome disruptions in their supply chains, to manufacture more locally and to be able to serve customer needs better. With the rise of additive manufacturing, companies can manufacture products now on-demand, in small to medium batch sizes, personalizing each product according to the customer's needs. This is only possible with the right technology basis. Digital AM workflow platforms, such as Siemens' Additive Manufacturing Network, enable companies to digitally connect all involved AM parties and to build up a global ecosystem of AM production sites, AM hubs, and AM suppliers. Many companies have started to leverage the benefits of AM production, but only few have managed to connect the different stakeholders, in order to activate a global production network that manufactures parts anywhere and at any time. This can be applied in many uses cases, such as R&D prototyping, fixtures & tooling, personalized products at scale, spare parts, digital warehousing, and more. The manufacturing in the future will be distributed, locally, and on-demand.
- Upon completion, participants will be able to understand the impact of Additive Manufacturing on the manufacturing paradigm and the need to invest into new, more flexible ways of manufacturing.
- Upon completion, participants will be able to know how to overcome supply chain bottlenecks for their company, leveraging Additive Manufacturing to produce parts locally and on-demand.
- Upon completion, participants will be able to help enable their company to build up distributed on-demand manufacturing, by implementing digital platform solutions for automated AM workflows, like Siemens' AM Network.