Spare Parts 3D’s unique Business Model
Technical Focus | 22 January 2019
Today the Additive Manufacturing industry is structured in two groups: the Machines Producers and the Service Providers. Comparing the business of 3D Systems, Stratasys, and HP with that of Spare Parts 3D is like comparing oranges and apples. We simply do not do the same job! We definitely are not machine producers and rather belong to the service providers category but with a few peculiarities.
Let’s take an example to make it clearer: Whirlpool needs a basket wheel for a dishwasher. We have a pre-qualified solution for this. An oven knob? or a containership boiler bracket that needs to withstand the corrosion of heavy fuel fumes? Go that as well! And the list goes on.
When it comes to home appliances, we have already over 500 parts categories pre-qualified and we are continuously working to increase the span of parts we can produce – in quality. There are many other types of parts to be produced for several markets in need such as Maritime, Energy, Transportation and Industrial Machinery.
In a nutshell, we are a solution-provider, supporting manufacturers end-to-end from parts identification all the way to engineering and production, with specific processes, methods & tools designed to address the high-mix, low-volume complexity inherent to the spare parts business.