Tag: On-Demand Manufacturing

3D Printing and The Digital Supply Chain

What is The Digital Supply Chain Supply chain management is the process by which firms control, plan, and organize the flow of materials, information, and resources. Many supply chains are still filled with manual processes that lack visibility on products in the supply network. Coordination between factory cells and separate nodes in the supply chain […]

Rapid Manufacturing with 3D Printed Casting Patterns

The casting process in one form or another has been around for centuries as it fundamentally has remained unchanged; molten metal is poured into a mold and left to cool, creating a metal part. The process today involves several steps and is designed to produce high volumes of casted parts. First a pattern must be […]

3D Printing vs Injection Molding Manufacturing Process

Plastic is a material used worldwide in a wide range of applications and products from medical to consumer products to aerospace. All these products must be manufactured in an efficient way to bring value to the end user. The most widely used manufacturing methods for plastic products are injection molding and additive manufacturing, otherwise known […]

Getting Started With Small Batch Production

There are three main types of production flows: continuous flow, batch production, and job production. Continuous flow is utilized to efficiently produce high volumes of identical units like gasoline and cars. Job production is used to create a single unique product every time with an example being a house or an aircraft carrier. Batch production […]

6 Steps of the Plastic Product Manufacturing Process

Plastic materials are used worldwide in a wide range of applications including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, packaging, and many others. This is due to its low cost, malleability, and ease of manufacture. The plastic product manufacturing process can be done in a variety of ways including molding, forming, or 3D printing. When high volumes of […]

Improve Quality, Cost, & Flow Time with Contract 3D Printing

There are a variety of factors to consider when evaluating a make/buy decision.  These factors can include the strategic importance of the work, core competencies in the supply chain, capacity constraints, and cost.  Companies should rarely use contract manufacturing if the work in question is of high strategic importance.  Exceptions could be made if the […]

5 Reason You Should Be Using Carbon Fiber 3D Printed Parts

Carbon Fiber is a premium composite 3D printing material that has impressive mechanical and thermal properties.  These physical properties combined with the increased design freedom that 3D printing offers makes carbon fiber an excellent choice for many functional and end-use applications.  We have broken down the 5 most important reasons that you should be using […]

Mass Customization With 3D Printing

Mass Customization With 3D Printing Mass customization combines the low unit costs of mass production with the product uniqueness that job production offers. In the days of Henry Ford, mass customization meant allowing a customer to chose a car in whichever color they wanted.. as long it was black. Since Ford’s time, industry has advanced […]

The Advantages of 3D Printing

3D Printing continues to make waves in the manufacturing sector due to its unique capabilities.  Other conventional fabrication methods such as machining, injection molding, casting, and forming each have many constraints that manufacturers have been working around for decades; however, many of these limitations are simply not applicable to 3D printing.  The layer by layer […]