How to Optimize Production for Agile Manufacturing

When it comes to leveraging the power of additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing,  having a versatile family of 3D printers to choose from is essential, but using them for agile manufacturing* is what really matters.

3D printing has always been a perfect fit for rapid prototyping and will continue to serve this application very well. But the real beauty of 3D printing is that it removes the constraints associated with traditional manufacturing, providing a blank canvas upon which creative minds can develop new applications. To help expand your knowledge of the potential of FDM technology, this white paper addresses six manufacturing applications typically associated with traditional production techniques:

  • Jigs and fixtures
  • Composite tooling
  • Production parts
  • End-of-arm tooling (robotics)
  • Sand casting
  • Thermoforming
Composite Parts

Composite Tooling Parts

It will show how 3D printing can make dramatic improvements in both time and cost efficiency when compared with traditional production methods associated with these applications. Real world examples are also provided to show that these aren’t just hypothetical scenarios. The companies highlighted in this white paper found a way to transform traditional manufacturing applications using FDM technology and bring their operation to a new level of agile manufacturing.

*Agile manufacturing is a term applied to an organization that has created the processes, tools, and training to enable it to respond quickly to customer needs and market changes while still controlling costs and quality. It’s mostly related to lean manufacturing.

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