Why the Executive Perspective Is Essential for Adopting Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing Media, our sister publication, takes a closer look at how successfully implementing additive manufacturing demands simultaneous change across five different parts of the business.

We report often about additive manufacturing and its opportunities for processors in the market. While AM continues to evolve into production, there is much to consider beyond manufacturing parts. 

Additive Manufacturing Media, our sister publication, takes a closer look at how successfully implementing AM demands simultaneous change across five different parts of the business:

  1. Design. AM enables cutting cost as a result of its reduced manufacturing constraints.
  2. Production. Because an AM machine can replace operations like casting and assembly, it is possible to manufacture parts closer to customers.
  3. Operations. Like lean, AM helps to eliminate waste and complexity.
  4. Accounting. The ability to avoid tooling makes it possible to justify manufacturing products at small production volumes.
  5. Image. AM is an inherently low-carbon-footprint approach to manufacturing, allowing companies to function in a way that is consistent with environmental values.

As such, the decision to implement AM should come from from someone with a broad view of the organization, which in almost every case is the CEO. 

How does this play out in practice? Find examples and more in this immersive digital article from Additive Manufacturing Media.