While an ever-increasing number of businesses are recognizing the benefits of 3D printing, actually implementing it can be overwhelming – particularly for companies who have been using traditional manufacturing techniques for decades. A lot of questions come with the adoption of a new technology: Where should we use 3D printing? How do we integrate it into our workflow? Which components should be 3D printed, and which would be better left to established methods? How many 3D printers should we buy? What kind? Aahhhhh!
Stratasys understands your stress and confusion, and is ready to help. The company and its indirect subsidiary, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, have developed a new program called Professional Services, which offers consulting for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) on how best to implement 3D printing in their businesses. Consultants will provide onsite assessments and identify opportunities for the integration of 3D printing across the company’s entire workflow, from prototyping to end-use products. They’ll also advise on how to quickly introduce and manage additive manufacturing technology to keep processes running smoothly and seamlessly.
“There’s a knowledge gap on how to advance manufacturing. We have the capabilities and expertise to close this gap because we understand traditional manufacturing and the 3D printing industry,” said Bob Wolter, Professional Services manager at Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. “While some manufacturers are unsure when or where to start incorporating 3D printing, others need additional expertise to maximize integration. We can help no matter where your organization is in the process. We take a technology-agnostic approach to consulting by providing you with all of the options, including those not offered by a Stratasys entity. You decide the best path for your organization.”
Stratasys will also offer technical training and management education. Even companies that have been using 3D printing for a while can benefit from expert advice on how to optimize the technology; often, even those familiar with additive manufacturing are surprised by just how much it can do. Consultants can identify areas in which manufacturers may never have even considered implementing 3D printing, and can instruct them on how to use it to make their processes more efficient and productive.
According to Stratasys, this is the first time anything like Professional Services has been offered by a 3D printing manufacturer and services provider. Both Stratasys and Stratasys Direct Manufacturing are well-suited to this kind of service, as their breadth and variety of equipment and materials can offer plenty of new options to companies who may be missing out on opportunities for improvement by sticking to just one type of 3D printing technology. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing also offers solutions related to other manufacturing technologies, such as casting and CNC machining, so they’re particularly expert in integrating multiple manufacturing methods into one workflow.