3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing (AM)
Additive Manufacturing (often referred to as rapid prototyping or 3D printing) describes accelerated manufacturing processes of three-dimensional objects such as prototypes and low-volume production, models or other end products.
Based on computer-generated data models successive layers of various materials such as polyamide or ceramic powders, metal alloys and filaments are laid down under computer control. Methods employed among others are stereolithography (SLA), selective laser sintering (SLS) and fused deposition modeling (FDM).
Additive Manufacturing is the key to mass customisation and individualisation for items demanding a flawless fit such as in-ear hearing aids, dental products, implants or glasses. This process allows for an unlimited number of product variants without an increase in production costs.
In most cases, the technology of these AM systems is utilised in a stand-alone manner without integration into an existing production chain or the element of automation.
In this type of closed environment, the choice of system supplier determines the manufacturing parameters as well as the materials used in the AM-system. Thus, the Additive Manufacturing system cannot be utilised to its full potential.
Additive Manufacturing involves more than merely a 3D printer. The processes entails content development, data and job preparation, certified additive manufacturing and parts post-processing/finishing, final quality control and shipping.
We answer your critical questions about Additive Manufacturing (AM)
- What is our market and how can we develop it?
- How do we position ourselves with a unique offering?
- What value do we add for our clients through AM?
- How does the market develop and how do we market our products?
- Which of our products can be improved by using AM?
- Can we shift part of our current production to AM?
- What investment is necessary and what is our business model?
- Equipment purchase or contract manufacturing – it is sensible to invest in AM equipment (now)?
- Who can assist with services, equipment and implementation?
- How do we optimize our approach through independent consultation?
Our clients may opt to task an Additive Manufacturing service provider in the beginning, however, once production becomes profitable, they may consider setting up the Additive Manufacturing process in-house in order to control the full production scope.
While our clients stick to their core competencies with a clear vision of the final individualised product, we have the competence and know how to establish a complete Additive Manufacturing process chain within the existing production environment or eco-system. Based on our independence, we identify the best, most suitable and most profitable components and processes. We also ensure a thoroughly seamless Additive Manufacturing process and data flow by establishing a factory within a factory. In collaboration with our clients and according to their requirements we devise a turnkey solution.
Consultation and Project Management
With our broad network of research and technology partnerships, industry and client expertise, we offer unique expert technical, strategic and commercial consultations, introductory and bespoke advisory services.
We analyze existing applications and provide support in the development and implementation of Additive Manufacturing strategies and solutions.
Gain personalized insight into production processes and receive pertinent information and step-by-step guidance about how to optimize implementation of Additive Manufacturing for your business application.
The value of our input results from the unique synergy effect of strategic and economic considerations paired with fathoming the technical doability and cost factors of your project.