For engineers and buyers, 3Diligent ProdEX procurement service makes purchasing custom parts a seamless and secure experience that lives up to Industry 4.0’s billing. This is due not only to the breadth of options provided through ProdEX, but also the various options ProdEX offers its users that enable them to meet the demanding requirements of their digital-manufacturing project.
Procurement platforms are only as useful as the network of suppliers it represents. The ProdEX vendor network contains hundreds of manufacturers around the world, spanning six continents.
The ProdEX manufacturer network includes thousands of machines and manufacturing options, including 3D printing, casting, injection molding, finishing, and CNC machining services (cutting, forming, and punching). Customers can choose from more than 500 branded material options, including plastics, resins, metals, and ceramics.
How Does ProdEX Work?
Using a secure portal, ProdEX customers submit an RFQ one of three ways, depending on the nature of their project: ProdEX Auto, ProdEX Connect, and ProdEX PM—each tailored to different project needs.
For customers seeking quotes for new product development (Rough Order of Magnitude budgeting), those in need of rapid prototyping, or those with production requirements that are not particularly stringent, ProdEX Auto provides the best solution. Customers submit a part CAD file to receive a quote in seconds. Upon acceptance of the quote, ProdEX fulfills the work as efficiently as possible, tapping into its global network of digital-manufacturing partners.
For customers interested in product development, ProdEX Connect is the optimum solution. While other ProdEX services rely on the ProdEX team for supplier management, ProdEX Connect changes the game for manufacturing platforms by providing customers free tools to submit RFQs to suppliers already in their vendor list and engage with them through integrated Zoom videoconferencing and screen sharing tool. It is a process that facilitates seamless online purchasing and fulfillment using the ProdEX interface and workflows.
“With Shopsight Connect, we know both the clients and vendors have been diligently vetted by the 3Diligent team. This takes any trepidation out of the design and manufacturing process, and allows us to get to work right away.” —Benjamin Heard, Project Lead, STS-Technical Design
Customers without identified suppliers have the option of being introduced to qualified ProdEX suppliers for a fee. 3Diligent collects a small payment-processing fee from the customer and a subscription fee from suppliers.
3Diligent has found many job types are too complicated for simple quoting and customer-to-vendor referrals. The recent release of ProdEX Connect addresses this issue. In this subscription tier, vendors can speak directly with the customer to ensure perfect part manufacturing, a defining characteristic of the 3Diligent approach, and not offered through any other digital-manufacturing procurement service provider in the market.
Customers with defined requirements that would rather outsource project management to the ProdEX team use 3Diligent ProdEX PM. This product is especially suited to companies that have defined a production-spec but want to use the global ProdEX production network to fulfill customer demand in scale. 3Diligent charges a token engineering fee for reviewing the program but subsequently bundles project-management expenses into the customer’s quotes.