I arrived tonight in Austin, TX for the America Makes Technical Review & Exchange (TRX), starting tomorrow. I’m honored to have been asked to present 3Diligent’s take on the additive supply chain with the America Makes membership and selected guests. These attendees represent some of the biggest names in additive manufacturing – the thought leaders from the largest manufacturing, aerospace and medical companies in the US and a number of internationals as well – and I understand the event is sold out so really looking forward to it.
TRX events are semi-annual events where America Makes members – the leading companies in American additive manufacturing – gather to review America Makes programs and discuss key challenges facing the industry.
The topic of my presentation to the group will be key trends defining the additive supply chain today and predictions on where these trend lines will take us. With respect a view of the future, we at 3Diligent are believers that the traditional “supply chain” will actually start to break apart and eventually reassemble into a “supply web.” Instead of mass produced goods flowing to end consumers in a straight line sequential order, production will take place in many places, with additive serving as an input to much later stages of distribution that has been the case for more than a century. We’ll also highlight our belief that digital natives – companies that were born with additive in mind – will be key drivers in this transformation.
Last but not least, we’ll highlight how companies like 3Diligent can play a valuable role in helping companies seeking to take full advantage of this paradigm shift brought about by additive and other CAD-driven technologies.
Look for additional thought pieces from 3Diligent on this topic in the future. In the meantime, here’s to a great discussion at TRX…