The 3D printing value chain

When you look closely at each step of  your  value chain and at the partners you want to involve  in  3D Printing , you will notice many differences to traditional manufacturing.


Our 3D Printing Value Chain offers a full overview of the activities and aspects to evaluate when contemplating the use of 3D Printing. The three key areas are rules and requirements for different fields of application,the workflow and the associated services.In many industries specific standards for 3D Printing have yet to be formulated. The nature of 3D Printing technology means that you cannot just assume that traditional manufacturing rules and standards will automatically apply.


With regards to the workflow, the 3D layer-by-layer ‘additive’ production method is quite different from traditional subtractive methods of production. For instance, 3D Printing often requires building support structures that need to be removed after production, which is not required when traditional parts are cast.  Some materials might be approved, others might not. In fact in 3D Printing the ‘actual material’ is produced during the layering process. In some cases only a process qualification will be required, in others regulations will demand a part qualification or certification.


Another essential characteristic of the 3D printing value chain is the close collaboration with service partners and even with competitors. The certification of parts is carried out by specialized companies. But also for design, IT and education collaboration with trusted partners is the customary model. In instances where the technology still requires extra awareness or the development of standards, collaboration between competitors is often seen.

3D Business Impact Model (3D BIM)

Our 3D Business Impact Model details each activity in the value chain and analyses the difference between traditional and additive manufacturing. We know the cost and organisational consequences these variances lead to. Together we can quickly assess the benefits and the impacts and build your business case.

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