To one degree or another, additive manufacturing (AM) is being adopted in virtually every industry. AM is being touted as one of the key technologies that will unlock the next industrial revolution. This hype is for good reason – novel, previously impossible part geometries can now be manufactured, and parts can be printed “on demand,” fundamentally reshaping supply chains.
However, AM is also widely misunderstood. Easy-to-use plastic printers and effusive press coverage give the false implementing AM is as simple buying a printer and hitting the “Go” button. In an industrial setting, nothing could be further from the truth. These fatal misunderstandings lead to most industrial-grade printers sitting in the corner collecting dust.
The purpose of this presentation is to help business leaders understand how to implement AM the right way. It will cover the fundamental strengths and weaknesses of the revolutionary technology, the economics of AM, and explain how to build a winning business case for its adoption. To support these assertions, multiple successful case studies will be reviewed and analyzed.
As part of this discussion, the presentation will cover many of the common traps companies fall into on their AM journeys.
- Understand the holistic ecosystem — expertise, experience, infrastructure — required to implement AM successfully in an industrial setting.
- Build winning business cases for adoption of AM design and manufacturing.
- Avoid common traps and pitfalls that set AM projects back on the path to implementation.