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Take a read of some of our papers to learn more about on-demand manufacturing technologies, why you can benefit from moving towards "zero" inventory and how you can save time, costs and carbon footprint.

Manufacturing Technologies

Binder Jetting

Binder Jetting has been a manufacturing tool since the early 1990s and has become a mainstream ODM technology over the past two decades.

Manufacturing Technologies

Injection Molding

Injection Molding has been a manufacturing tool for several centuries but it wasn’t until the 1970s that the present state of metal injection molding (MIM) became a reality.

Manufacturing Technologies

CNC Machining

Computer numerical control (CNC) Machining has been a manufacturing tool for several centuries but it wasn’t until the 1950s that the present state of CNC Machining.

Manufacturing Technologies

Introduction to ODM

Let’s get right to it! What is traditional manufacturing, and how does that differ from “on-demand” manufacturing? Traditional manufacturing is the process of streamlining the assembly of a product on a macroscale.

Supply Chain

Reshoring Activities in the Supply Chain

As companies go through digital transformation initiatives, it is no longer seen as an operational cost center but a multi-level function geared towards building business capabilities to drive growth and minimize risk.

Cybersecurity, Supply Chain

Evolving Cybersecurity in the Industrial Supply Chain

As digital transformation is spreading within the industrial environment, cybersecurity is becoming more and more important across the board, and the challenges that lie in the management of OT/ICS cybersecurity.

Zero Inventory

Moving towards “zero” inventory

As on-demand production robotics such as 3D printing are getting faster, better, and cheaper, old ideas such as Zero inventory, Just-in-time-manufacturing, and digital twins are taking on a new and more practicable life.

Manufacturing Technologies

Direct Energy Deposition (DED)

Direct Energy Deposition (DED)’s history begins in the 1920s but it isn’t until the 1990s that different companies around the world began streamlining DED processes.

Manufacturing Technologies

Stereolithography (SLA)

Japanese researcher Dr. Hideo Kodama invented the modern approach to SLA (Stereolithography 3D Printing) technology in the 1970s and in 1986, Charles W. Hull dubbed the technique SLA and patented the technology in 1986, founding 3D Systems to bring the product to the mainstream.

Manufacturing Technologies

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

SLS has been a manufacturing tool since the early 1980s and has become a mainstream ODM technology over the past two decades.

Manufacturing Technologies

Selective Laser Melting (SLM)

Inspired by Chuck Hull’s SLA process, Dieter Schwarze began working with Fraunhofer ILT from 1989-1995 to develop a new AM technology that “could make parts that wouldn’t break if they fell off the table”.

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