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Is the factory of the future full of 3d printers?

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As discussed in the article “Is Serial Additive Manufacturing Taking Off?”, the Additive Manufacturing world has seen significant growth in the past few years. Every year faster, more accurate technologies are being presented. AM knowledge is more accessible. New materials and post-processing methods are developed and implemented. To make it possible to use all of that in the production environment, we are also working very hard to introduce qualification processes to meet the highest requirements regarding part quality, production repeatability, and many other aspects.

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POLYLINE Lighthouse Project | Navigating Uncertainty and Redefining Factory of the Future

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The POLYLINE project brings together 15 industry and research partners from Germany to establish a landmark automated factory for additive manufacturing (AM). The 3YOURMIND Agile Manufacturing Suite will be the software layer that connects and manages the entire AM workflow. The German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is investing €10.7 Million Euro into the POLYLINE project. The goal of the project is to completely automate an AM production line for automotive parts from BMW - from CAD model to 3D printing and including quality assurance. The resulting production factory will be a lighthouse example of Industry 4.0, leading the way for the next generation of manufacturing. 

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5 Lessons for AM, part 3/3: 5 Guidelines for Resilient Supply Chains

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3D printing was able to support the covid response effort for critical, stop-gap production. But after less than one month, conventional manufacturing was already producing almost all of those parts, with the exception of parts that were generally better suited for AM. That illustrates that 3D printing has a critical, but limited role in the supply chain. Those guidelines can be taken to move 3D Printing from an innovation budget into a secure procurement plan as part of a resilient supply chain.

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5 Lessons for AM, part 2/3: Starting with Qualified Inventories

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The way that the global community has responded to the covid situation has not only been a shock for the larger economy, it also presents an existential challenge to the 3D printing industry. For 3D printing to move out of the innovation department and into the procurement budget, it needs to be part of resilient supply chains. The good news is that the response effort to the medical supply shortages in covid offered some key guidelines to create this ongoing solution. Our first article spoke about how establishing smooth transitions between 3D printing and conventional manufacturing is key. In this article, we will explore the importance of working with qualified parts, how to use stakeholders in a center of excellence model to ensure that information is shared and steps to build fully resilient procurement processes.

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5 Lessons for AM, part 1/3: Can COVID-19 kill 3D Printing?

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3D printing has shown high potential in reacting to the supply chain crisis. And yes, the distributed manufacturing concept carries hope for building more resilient supply chains. But the COVID-19 crisis fleshed out some crucial limitations of 3D printing as a response tool.  The global economic downturn will severely impact innovation budgets where 3D printing is classified for most organizations. But there are also ways forward to show how to develop 3D printing as a daily procurement tool to create resilient supply chains.  It’s time to thoroughly work on building digital AM qualified inventories.

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3D Order Management for COVID-19-Response

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The 3D Printing Community has quickly risen to offer their capacity for printing additional supplies to slow the spread of the corona virus. But the question remains, how to get 3D printed supplies to hospital locations where they are needed. 3YOURMIND has setup an order management platform to connect hospitals and medical clinics with industrial 3D print producers for efficient production.

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Launch of AM Webinars March 2020

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We want to ensure you can still receive the updates we planned for AMUG and Rapid+TCT now that Additive Manufacturing conferences have been postponed due to the COVID-19 virus. We will begin with three webinars showing the presentations that were prepared for AMUG 2020. The highlight is our keynote with Erpro 3D Factory about how they are using software to establish fully digital, serial additive manufacturing. The use of software for automation is timely, as the world looks more closely at digital automation and connection.

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Is Serial Additive Manufacturing Taking Off?

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Over the past few years, there has been a shift in how engineers approach Additive Manufacturing. Initially, the technology was focused on rapid prototyping, creating parts for testing and design iteration. But in the last five years, engineers across the world have started to focus on suitable applications for end-use goods and reaching the full potential of additive manufacturing. Medicine, aerospace, automotive, logistics, consumer goods - in every industry there are hundreds of potential products and the question is: Which products can be moved to serial additive manufacturing?

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The umati standard influences AM

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Additive manufacturing technologies and materials have made significant progress over the past several years - but even the top production houses still handle the majority of their scheduling and quality control using manual processes. This is because of the complexity of the work, the lack of best practices and the development of independent machine data systems. We know from other industries (USB, CDs, paper sizes) once those standards are in place and in use - a whole host of other processes simplify and production costs drop. The same will be true for additive manufacturing machines - the easier it is to exchange and share information, the more efficient they are. Companies across all industries involved in production are requesting a universal machine interface to ensure clear data collection, streamlined communication channels and control of different machine types. Umati enables machine vendors to provide a connectivity interface to easily connect to customer-specific software solutions.

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3YOURMIND Customer Success Stories from 2019

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At Formnext 2018 our team spoke about the arrival of serial additive manufacturing. This significant shift in the AM industry was a big impetus for 3YOURMIND to develop our Agile MES - a software module that is able to manage a far greater volume of additive manufactured parts.

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