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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3Diligent Announces Its Manufacturing Network Has Expanded to Nearly 250 Locations Across Six Continents

Company’s Breadth of 3D Printing, Machining, Casting and Injection Molding Technologies Enable On-Demand Custom Part Fulfillment Globally

El Segundo, Calif. – April 29, 2019 – 3Diligent announced today it has now qualified and networked digital manufacturing facilities on six continents. Its network of nearly 250 contract manufacturing partners spans more than a dozen countries and 1,200 machines.

This milestone means 3Diligent is able to offer faster and more cost effective support to customers seeking a single partner for their global custom part manufacturing needs. Through its dynamic utilization of regional manufacturing facilities near the final delivery address, 3Diligent can cut down on delivery time and shipping costs. Perhaps more importantly for large businesses, 3Diligent can also provide a single platform through which to track and manage digital manufacturing activity across the enterprise.

“The promise and power of digital manufacturing – especially 3D Printing – lies in its ability to quickly and easily get the same part made in different places using the same 3D design file,” said 3Diligent CEO Cullen Hilkene. “We are proud to have qualified and networked expert manufacturing partners around the world who are capable of making this vision of the future a reality.”

The trend toward “distributed digital manufacturing” is accelerating as more companies consider Computer Aided Design (CAD) driven technologies like 3D Printing and CNC Machining to enable on-demand spare parts and even production runs. The “supply web” is emerging as a way to utilize these digital manufacturing technologies to increase agility and flexibility within a company’s supply chain.

“3Diligent provides companies a partner and ready-made fabrication network to deliver around the globe for their customers and their own internal operations,” said Hilkene. “This powerful combination of cutting edge equipment, material breadth, geographic coverage, and consistent quality makes 3Diligent a category of one among distributed digital manufacturing companies.”

Companies can use the 3Diligent RFQ process to access its nearly 30 available manufacturing processes, including 3D Printing / additive manufacturing, machining, casting, and injection molding. A full list of capabilities is available here – https://www.3diligent.com/online-machine-shop/.

3Diligent has delivered digital manufacturing services from prototype through production for a wide variety of industries including industrial products, automotive, medical device, aerospace, energy and design firms. A notable recent project involved the 3D Printing of unique aluminum curtain wall nodes for Walters & Wolf to help deliver the iconic exterior look and feel of the upcoming Rainier Square Tower in Seattle.

For more information on 3Diligent’s capabilities and to submit your request for quote (RFQ), visit https://www.3diligent.com.

About 3Diligent
3Diligent is an innovative rapid manufacturing services provider offering CAD/CAM-based fabrication services such as 3D Printing, CNC machining, casting, and injection molding. 3Diligent launched in 2014 to provide businesses deterred by the cost and obsolescence risk of 3D printer ownership a single source for faster, more convenient, and more affordable additive manufacturing services. It has since evolved to offer additional digital manufacturing services to support its customers from prototype through production and aftermarket stages. 3Diligent uses data science to analyze customer requests for quote (RFQs) and identify optimal solutions across its network of qualified providers. 3Diligent’s next-generation approach to rapid manufacturing allows customers to simplify their procurement and outstanding manufacturers to get more out of their capital investments. 3Diligent counts companies from Fortune 500 enterprises to startups among its customers. For more information, visit http://www.3Diligent.com/.

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3Diligent’s New 2019 State of Metal 3D Printing Report Documents Growth of Metal 3D Printing and New Processes

Document Explores Metal 3D Printing Trends and Catalogs Existing and Emerging Processes Providing Readers with a Comprehensive Guide for Metal 3D Printing Projects

El Segundo, Calif. – January 7, 20193Diligent announced today it has released its 2019 State of Metal 3D Printing Report, which provides a comprehensive source of information on current trends in metal 3D Printing and existing and emerging metal printing processes for the product designer or business that is considering a metal 3D Printing project.

The report documents the enthusiasm and growth of metal 3D Printing as evidenced by several high-profile projects from Fortune 500 companies. However, the report notes that metal 3D Printing has not yet fully experienced a transformative speed breakthrough in the same way as polymer printers.  The report highlights a number of technologies that may represent candidates for this breakthrough in metal printing efficiency.

The report also presents data from 3Diligent projects to provide additional context for the advancement of metal 3D Printing.  According to research conducted by 3Diligent of 3D Printing project requests in 2018, 45 percent requested metal printing processes, while 45 percent specified polymer and balance left the decision to 3Diligent and its network of fabricators to suggest an optimal process. This represents dramatic growth in metal printing demand since 2015, when just 14 percent of 3D Printing project requests were for metal processes.

The 24-page report also provides a summary of the various existing and emerging metal 3D Printing processes, including tradeoffs and applications for each, including:

  • Powder Bed Fusion – Laser Melting and Electron Beam Melting
  • Binder Jetting – Sand Print-to-Cast, Full Sinter and Infiltrated
  • Directed Energy Deposition
  • Sheet Lamination
  • Material Jetting
  • Extrusion
  • Cold Spray
  • Stir Welding
  • Print-to-Plating
  • Hybrid Systems – Additive with Milling

“Metal 3D Printing is continuing to experience rapid growth, both in volume and variety.   Understanding the various technologies available can be overwhelming,” said Cullen Hilkene, 3Diligent CEO. “We’ve published this report in hopes that it can help readers make better informed decisions with their metal 3D Printing projects, whether it be making capital investments or identifying manufacturing partners.”

For more information on 3Diligent, its capabilities, and to download the 2019 State of Metal 3D Printing Report, visit https://www.3diligent.com/resources/white-papers/metal-3d-printing-review-2019/.

 About 3Diligent

3Diligent is an innovative rapid manufacturing services provider offering CAD/CAM-based fabrication services such as 3D Printing, CNC machining, casting, and injection molding.  3Diligent launched in 2014 to provide businesses deterred by the cost and obsolescence risk of 3D printer ownership a single source for faster, more convenient, and more affordable additive manufacturing services.  It has since evolved to offer additional digital manufacturing services to support its customers from prototype through production stages.  3Diligent uses data science to analyze customer requests for quote (RFQs) and identify optimal solutions across its network of qualified providers.  3Diligent’s next-generation approach to rapid manufacturing allows customers to simplify their procurement and service providers to get more out of their capital investments. 3Diligent counts companies from Fortune 500 enterprises to startups among its customers.  For more information, visit http://www.3Diligent.com/.

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3Diligent Releases Complete Guide to Metal 3D Printing

CEO to Speak in Chicago on Metal Printing Processes at 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour 

Los Angeles, Calif. – August 9, 20173Diligent announced today it has released its Complete Guide to Metal 3D Printing: An Overview of Industry Advancement and Technologies, which provides a comprehensive source of information on current trends in metal 3D Printing and existing and emerging metal printing processes for the reader that is considering a metal printing project.

The 13-page report explores headlines on metal 3D Printing by GE and Boeing, research by 3Diligent from its own State of Professional and Industrial 3D Printing analysis and a summary of the processes, applications, pros and cons of each of the following established and emerging metal 3D Printing technologies:

  • Powder Bed Fusion – Laser Melting
  • Powder Bed Fusion – Electron Beam Melting
  • Infiltrated Binder Jetting
  • Directed Energy Deposition
  • Wax Print-to-Cast
  • Sand Print-to-Cast
  • Print-to-Plating
  • Full Sinter Binder Jetting
  • Sheet Lamination
  • Nano Particle Jetting
  • Extrusion Metal

3Diligent CEO Cullen Hilkene will speak next week at 3D Metal Printing Magazine’s 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour. Hilkene will speak on Thursday, August 17 at 9:00 am CT on “Metal Printing Processes: Tradeoffs, Applications and Emerging Technologies.” The presentation will cover the different metal-printing technologies in the market, relevant tradeoffs, and common applications. Additionally, the presentation will speak to emerging technologies and how they might complement or compete with existing technologies.

The 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour will take place at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Chicago, August 16-17, 2017, where attendees will be able to interact directly with industry experts, learn about the latest technology developments for 3D metal printing and hear case-study applications for 3D metal printing.

“It’s clear that metal 3D Printing is becoming a foundational technology for the next generation of aerospace, medical and other industrial parts.  However, staying on top of the latest developments to ensure you’re utilizing the best technologies in market and making informed investments can be a major challenge.” said Hilkene. “It is my hope that this report can provide a useful perspective on the current landscape.”

For more information on 3Diligent, its capabilities, and to download the Complete Guide to Metal 3D Printing, visit http://www.3diligent.com/complete-guide-to-metal-3d-printing/.

About 3Diligent

3Diligent is an innovative rapid manufacturing services provider offering CAD/CAM-based fabrication services such as 3D Printing, CNC machining, and casting.  3Diligent launched in 2014 to provide businesses deterred by the cost and obsolescence risk of 3D printer ownership a single source for faster, more convenient, and more affordable additive manufacturing services.  3Diligent uses data science to analyze customer requests for quote (RFQs) and identify optimal solutions across its network of qualified providers.  3Diligent’s next-generation approach to rapid manufacturing allows customers to simplify their procurement and service providers to get more out of their capital investments. 3Diligent counts companies from Fortune 500 enterprises to startups among its customers.  For more information, visit http://www.3Diligent.com/.

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