Additive Manufacturing (AM) affords new ways of solving manufacturing challenges – from its first beginnings as a rapid prototyping tool, to production uses where novel product designs are used to achieve breakthrough performance, to maintenance and sustainment of aging systems. The supply chain for delivering AM enabled solutions shares some of the same resources as traditionally manufactured products, however AM does have some unique aspects. These unique aspects must be considered during the design process to fully realize the schedule, scope and cost saving opportunities. This workshop includes several interactive, applied learning exercises to augment the presentation material and aid understanding of how to develop an AM business case. Participants will build and discuss a value proposition for a real-world AM application.
- Develop a value proposition for an AM implementation using schedule, scope and cost
- Appreciate the schedule and program risks for each process (material, printing, post-processing)
- Understand cost drivers to evaluate the process economics of different AM processes
- Examine the trade-offs by AM process (e.g. speed vs. cost, cost vs. feature resolution)
- Evaluate the trade-offs between AM and conventional manufacturing
- Develop a risk-based strategy for AM deployment in a business
- Describe the role of design in achieving a positive business outcome