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How will the future technologies of industrial manufacturing (i.e. 3D printing, rapid prototyping, etc.) affect the supply chains of the world's largest goods-producing companies (i.e. Apple, Caterpillar, Samsung, etc.)?

Thompson Mackey, ARM
33 months ago

5 answers

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At first glance, one might think that fast prototyping technologies (e.g. 3D printing) would be a competitive advantage for smaller companies, but largest goods-producing companies who already utilize contract manufacturing (e.g. Apple, Samsung, etc.) will benefit by far the most, as they can evaluate multiple designs and production methods in much shorter time, thanks to the rapid prototyping capabilities of their entire supply chain. In short, larger the company, larger the diversity of quality and cost intersections. Contract manufacturers and design houses will compete with ever higher quality and lower cost overall to become the supplier of choice to leading goods-producers. Lower risk and higher reward for large companies. Higher risk and lower reward for their subcontractors.

Jung Kim
33 months ago
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  • Cycle time for variant design and production will be considerably reduced.
  • Production costs for dies will become affordable for new companies.
  • Limited special editions of products with exotic features catering to nische market will be possible with least investments
  • Industrial products will have extended life, as spares can be easily produced using advanced technologies
  • Established brands will face competition as star ups can produce products economically.
  • Lile softwares, hardware products will be offered free for testing by companies to attract future clients.
Santhiraj Sathanna
33 months ago
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The biggest hurdle I currently see is cost. For high-volume products that require tight tolerances and/or substrates that are difficult to manufacture, 3D printing is currenlty cost prohitibitive. There's work being done in ALM for metals, but as of now it's been difficult to achieve the same mechanical properties and resolution. It will be interesting to see how this can become a viable alternative to subtractive manufacturing methods for metals.

Stephanie Korszen
33 months ago
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Even for the world's largest goods-producing companies products could be made on order and customers can then define the configuration of the products and order these helping companies to understand the market. Flexibility and speed are the new most important topics

Paolo Beffagnotti
29 months ago
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Automated and self-driving trucks, connected with the Internet-of-Things, allow to optimize warehouse costs and on-time delivery.

Patrick Henz
29 months ago

Have some input?