Leading Nordic logistics solutions provider PostNord made a major investment in 3D printing technology last year by beginning to offer 3D printing services through its PostNord Strålfors subsidiary, which develops and provides communications solutions in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. In a continuing effort to make the 3D market even more open and accessible to the consumers and businesses it calls customers, the company announced a new 3D Initiative in February. So far, its partners include Stratasys and Sony Mobile, and now Berlin-based 3D printing software startup 3YOURMIND as well.
“We appreciate 3YOURMIND´s agile approach and rapid development to adapt the platform to our needs and business model,” said Tomas Lundström, 3D Business Development Project Manager at PostNord Strålfors. “3YOURMIND´s platform enables automate pricing, order management and customer fulfillment which makes them a partner we can develop with as the 3D business is growing.”
3YOURMIND, which recently opened an office in France and announced a partnership with OMNI3D, helps its clients connect each part of the workflow and increase their levels of AM production by using the startup’s software platforms to streamline industrial 3D printing. PostNord and 3YOURMIND met at formnext this past November, and the logistics provider realized that the startup’s unique 3D software platform would be very well-suited for a 3D printing business-to-business (B2B) solution.
“In the last 2 years 3YOURMIND has been supporting the growth of 3D printing across Europe and around the world,” said Daniel Landgraf, Sr. Sales Manager of 3YOURMIND GmbH. “At PostNord Strålfors we found the same innovative energy for pushing towards a widespread adoption of industrial 3D printing across all Nordic countries.”
Last year, PostNord determined that 3D printing was a necessary addition to its service offering. The technology could be used to address its customers’ evolving needs, by combining on-demand 3D printing capabilities with the 2D printing services native to PostNord Strålfors.
Ylva Ekborn, CEO of PostNord Strålfors Group, said, “At PostNord Strålfors, we aim to be our customer’s digitalization partner, and we constantly need to strive for digital developments and explore new business opportunities.”
As so many other companies have as well, PostNord realizes that 3D printing technology can be used to create brand new business opportunities in multiple areas, from e-commerce and fulfillment to logistics and print production. The company believes that 3D printing can be used to both complement and enhance their current customer offering, which is why it opted to partner with 3YOURMIND.
The startup’s 3D software platform contains digital 3D workflows, which can optimize utilization of resources, allow for smart AM production decisions, and connect teams and production locations. PostNord is now using the platform to increase its on-demand production, and the partners are also working together to connect data from multiple streams to develop unique and vigorous manufacturing processes to fuel Industry 4.0 growth.
Tomorrow at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) conference in St. Louis, Missouri, Lundström and 3YOURMIND CEO Aleksander Ciszek will be sharing their use case together in a joint presentation. Together, the two will describe how the 3YOURMIND software platform and user generated data are being used in order to automate customized production.
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