3Diligent Launches Industry 4.0 Consulting Services Focused on Strategic and Design Advisory for Additive Manufacturing

3Diligent Consulting is launched by a former Deloitte consultant to support large enterprises and manufacturers through their Industry 4.0 journey

El Segundo, Calif. – May 29, 20193Diligent announced today it has formally launched 3Diligent Consulting, a new division that works with manufacturing businesses to develop strategies and designs that can provide them competitive advantage for Industry 4.0.

Additive manufacturing is helping usher in a revolutionary restructuring of the global supply chain, a transition broadly termed “Industry 4.0.”  Once fully realized, 3D Printers, CNC Machines, and other means of robotic fabrication stand to provide an unprecedented degree of localization, customization, and flexibility to manufacturing activities.  However, structuring an organization to optimally compete in this future state requires an in-depth understanding of the myriad technologies and materials now coming into market, and how to consider allocation of these solutions around the world.

As a division of 3Diligent, which also boasts a manufacturing division with a global manufacturing footprint, 3Diligent Consulting combines on-the-ground manufacturing expertise with the pedigree of a top-five global management consulting firm.  3Diligent Consulting is led by Cullen Hilkene, CEO of 3Diligent and formerly of Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice.

“There are a number of companies delivering Industry 4.0 consulting services, but none have the unique perspective of actually delivering parts across dozens of additive processes,” Hilkene said. “Combining 3Diligent’s hands-on experience with the rigorous training I gained delivering consulting engagements at Deloitte and am imparting to our consulting team, we are able to deliver our clients an unmatched value proposition.”

Strategic Advisory and Design Advisory Services

3Diligent Consulting offers two main advisory services to help companies make optimal use of additive manufacturing and other digital manufacturing technologies across their organization.

Strategic Advisory Services for Industry 4.0

3Diligent Consulting’s Strategic Advisory Services are designed to help customers build their Industry 4.0 strategy.  Central to this offering is developing a strategy for how digital manufacturing solutions like 3D Printing can be effectively incorporated into broader corporate direction and supply chain strategy.  Specific engagements may focus on high level additive strategy or supply chain strategy or address foundational elements of a robust Industry 4.0 strategy such as voice of customer studies, business case development, and part identification for additive manufacture.

Design Advisory Services

3Diligent’s Design Consulting practice provides clients support in developing tangible part and assembly designs that are optimally suited for digital manufacture.   3D Printers are capable of delivering geometries that are impossible or implausible to manufacture any other way.  Such geometries are capable of delivering higher performance and as a result competitive  advantage and customer satisfaction.  3Diligent Design Consulting provides Design for Additive Manufacturing services including topological optimization and generative/parametric design to achieve superior design concepts that might never be dreamed up by engineers.  3Diligent couples these design capabilities with consulting support for material and process selection to ensure that innovative designs are manufacturable to the furthest bounds of current technology.

Additional Information and Hiring Inquiries

More details on 3Diligent Consulting can be found on the 3Diligent Consulting webpage or by emailing consulting@3diligent.com.  The company is currently hiring for this division and interested parties with relevant experience should email talent@3diligent.com.

About 3Diligent

3Diligent is an innovative digital manufacturing services provider.  Its 3Diligent Manufacturing division offers CAD/CAM-based fabrication services such as 3D printing, CNC machining, casting, and injection molding through a distributed global network of qualified manufacturing partners.  Its 3Diligent Consulting division advises manufacturing businesses on Industry 4.0 strategy and Design for Additive Manufacturing.  3Diligent launched in 2014 to provide businesses the convenience of a one-stop shop for custom manufacturing needs and a partner immune to the disruption Industry 4.0 was bringing about.  3Diligent counts inventors, startups, and Fortune 500 enterprises among its customers.  For more information, visit http://www.3Diligent.com/.

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3D Printing’s Emerging Impact on Architecture and Construction

A lot has been made of 3D Printing in architecture recently, as we discussed in our previous vlog entry. At 3Diligent, we were proud to play a part in the construction of Seattle's newest and second tallest tower, where 3D printed aluminum curtain wall nodes will help shape the face of this skyline-defining building. Shortly thereafter, headlines appeared about Icon Development's purchase of a 3D printer for buildings which will help them construct low-cost housing in Austin and around the world.

Farther afield, in the Netherlands and in China, bridges have been constructed using 3D printers to create unique and aesthetically intriguing additions to their pedestrian thoroughfares. In Dubai, the first 3D printed office building is up and operational. And in the Philippines, the first 3D printed hotel has been commissioned.

So what does it all mean? Is the future of construction 3D printed? Are elements of construction untouchable by 3D printers, no matter how long we wait? We will unpack some of these questions in the paragraphs that follow.

Dramatic Geometries Made Easier

One thing that has defined the architectural industry, for effectively its entire existence, is the desire to create statements with buildings. 3D Printing offers a new and remarkably adept tool at achieving this end. With regards to the Rainier Tower project and the related curtain walls developed by Walters and Wolf, to achieve the unique aesthetic they desired, 3D Printing was the preferred technology of choice. With metal powder bed 3D Printing (MPBF), Walters and Wolf felt as though the consistency of the printed parts and the strategic flexibility it offered was superior to investment casting.  While casting has been around for a lot longer, it couldn't deliver in quite the same way across 140 unique geometries the way that our powder bed fusion printers could.

If you roll it all up, the highly complex nodes and the different geometries that additive manufacturing was able to directly facilitate in a relatively cost-effective fashion made it a great choice for the task at hand. This will come to reflect a broader trend in architecture. While the existing mass production infrastructure for large-scale steel beams and girders should continue to provide the structural basis for our tall buildings for some time to come, aesthetic elements that provide uniqueness and intrigue to architectural statement pieces are truly made feasible by 3D Printing in a way that previously wasn't either possible or plausible, given the economics and limitations of other traditional manufacturing processes.

Organic Geometries Will Appear with Greater Frequency

Another phenomenon that we regularly see a 3Diligent is that 3D Printing has helped enable organic geometries that are otherwise extraordinarily challenging to fabricate with traditional technologies. Notable among these are gradually-arcing designs that draw inspiration from the curved shapes that we see all over nature. 3D Printing opens the door to more of these geometry types, empowering more buildings with gradually sloping organic shapes as you might see in a Calatrava design or a Guggenheim Museum. You'll note that virtually every 3D printed building takes advantage of this feature, as it effectively adds no incremental cost to the building's construction itself.  Your ability to hang paintings, however, might hit a snag.  To reference a classic hammer seeking a nail story, perhaps this is the dream nail that the curved TV screen hammer has been looking for all these years!

CAD Software's Unique Creations Can Be Easily Visualized and Transmitted to 3D Printing Processes

The last area that we see 3D Printing being used in architecture - and this is the longest tenured use case - is in modeling applications.  In recent years, architects have increasingly moved toward designing in CAD software.  This provides them much greater flexibility than a drawing board to make design edits.  Further, it provides customers 3-dimensional renderings of the spaces they have dreamed up.

These CAD design files are readily transferable to 3D Printers.  So when architects wish to not simply take clients on a virtual journey, but to provide them a tangible model, 3D Printing provides architects a ready means to do exactly that.  Such prints can be produced in full color to fully realize the space.  In doing so, certain experiential aspects can be accounted for in a way that may not be truly possible with digital rendering - or without having a computer and screen handy.

3Diligent's Take: 3D Printing in Architecture and Construction

The ability to create unique, dramatic architectural elements more easily and cost effectively, to build new organic buildings from the ground up, and to realize full-color and to-scale models demonstrates three key ways in which 3D Printing is affecting architecture and construction today.  As more headlines like Rainier Square and the ICON houses capture the attention of the masses, we expect to see further exploration of what is achievable with 3D Printing, and additive manufacturing will soon become a key input to any architectural endeavor, especially those developments where the developers and architects want to make a statement.

Vlog Series: 3Diligent Hot Takes on 3D Printing in Architecture and Construction

 

With this vlog installment we will examine 3D Printing in the architecture and construction industries. We ourselves saw the viability of this application in our collaboration with Walters and Wolf on the new look of the Rainier Square Tower, but that is just one sector that is benefiting from 3D Printing technology. The three main areas where 3D Printing is making big strides in the architecture and the construction industries are:

1. Creating Custom Elements

2. Constructing New Edifices

3. Producing Tangible Architectural Models

 

Keep an eye out for our follow up blog and future videos!