Supply Chain Strategy

Does Additive Fit in Your Supply Chain?

How should your organization think about Industry 4.0 as it relates to your supply chain? Can you integrate additive assets into your existing supply chain? Are the greenfield buildout of new fabrication centers committed to additive required? How many, and where? The answers to these questions are found through in-depth assessments of your existing supply chain strategy and where 3D printing can find a home within it.

Overview

The rise of digital manufacturing technologies—such as 3D printers—has caused leading manufacturers to reconsider their supply chain strategy. Given the dexterity of these new technologies in fabricating parts on-demand, the traditional approaches to stocking spare inventory no longer apply. Traditional safety stock values are impacted and, in some cases, completely eliminated, allowing for a zero-inventory strategy.

Our projects in supply chain strategy help companies sort through their approaches to refining their supply chain for the future ahead. In a typical engagement, we will evaluate a company's existing supply chain assets, their current plans as it relates to digital manufacturing, and define an appropriate approach to the future that lies ahead. Analyses supporting such decisions draw from 3Diligent's extensive experience with providing digital solutions to customers through our manufacturing service. In this way, concrete recommendations that truly account for the capabilities and limitations of different digital manufacturing technologies, especially 3D printers, are made possible.

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