3D Printing

Achieving breakthroughs with additive manufacturing

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, enables products to be constructed layer by layer, directly from a digital file. This enables new and better products to be designed and manufactured, which would be infeasible using traditional techniques.

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, enables products to be constructed layer by layer, directly from a digital file. This enables new and better products to be designed and manufactured, which would be infeasible using traditional techniques.

At the same time, 3D printing enables companies to manufacture products more efficiently and more sustainably. Products or components can be produced at any desired moment (on demand) so that the stock on hand can be minimal. Moreover, products can be manufactured close to the location of use (on-site), which reduces the number of transport kilometres and in turn reduces CO 2 emissions and fuel consumption. Additionally, every design is easy to modify to conform to the wishes of the individual customer. Or in other words: personalised products at reasonable prices.

Are you interested in finding out whether 3D printing offers you opportunities for new business development? If so, then a preliminary study into the opportunities for your organisation is a good first step. A business case will clarify whether 3D printing would be beneficial in your case. And if so, which business model is best suited for developing this activity. A good business case clearly shows whether 3D printing would be advantageous in your case, and if so what business model would be most effective for developing this activity.

The Quick Scan 3D Printing helps organisations in validating an investment in 3D Printing. Many companies contemplate investments in 3D printing,
but reaching a decision is hard. The Quick Scan 3D Printing helps to assess and compare the various benefits of 3D printing for your company and gives you an indication of the economic value such an investment will yield. The Quick Scan 3D Printing can therefore function as foundation for your investment plan in 3D printing.

Frequently asked client questions

  • Determining strategy. What markets and customer groups can be served more quickly or more effectively by means of 3D printing? What competitive advantages can I achieve with 3D printing?
  • Marketing and strategic market research. How attractive is 3D printing for my current clients? How can I achieve customer lock-in with 3D printing?
  • Product range analysis. Which of my products qualify for 3D printing? What are the operational and economic implications of a full or partial transition to 3D printing for me?
  • Business development. What is the most cost-effective model for 3D printing for us? How do I deal with contracting, IP and guarantees with 3D printing?
  • Alliance forming and cooperation. What are the best service providers for 3D printing? Which manufacturers are best suited for us?
  • Roadmapping. What are the latest developments in the area of 3D printing? When is the technology suitable for our products?

Onno Pontfoor_klein

‘3D printing is nothing short of a revolution. It offers companies the ability to manufacture entirely new products, completely geared towards the wishes of the individual consumer. Using this technology, Siemens is able to bypass assembly steps in the manufacturing of dryer components. FlyingCam has used the technology to expand the functionality and versatility of its helicopters. And the technology enables BMW to once again deliver parts for vintage BMWs. A company needs to make choices to get the most out of 3D printing. Questions such as, which customers should I focus on and which products qualify for this new technology? What business model fits best with this new technology and how do I stay ahead of the competition? Once those questions are answered a company can achieve a real breakthrough with 3D printing!’

Onno Ponfoort
Berenschot Consultant