ASEAN, additive manufacturing, spare parts: What future?
News from the 3D printing industry | 18 July 2019
“Spare parts are expected to become the biggest use case for AM in next 5 years“
Spare parts management involves dealing with some well-known challenges, such as irregular low demand, long tail products, short customer lead time requirements, and high service expectations. However, the challenge that inhibits the adoption of Additive Manufacturing the most is the lack of “technical know-how/feasibility”. In other words, manufacturers might say, “I have 100,000 parts in my inventory. I assume AM can drastically reduce my inventory, but I don’t know which parts I should focus on. Neither am I familiar with AM technology or materials that will suit my numerous applications.”
However, the players capable of driving this transformation already exist. Thyssenkrupp has listed printers, research centers, industrial companies, marketplaces and other startups that form the global ecosystem of the AM industry. Mentioned in this occasion, Spare Parts 3D is considered a front runner in this transformation.
“We are very excited to see the fast growing consciousness of the potential impact of AM on spare parts. After running POC’s on the technology and producing a few parts, more and more companies are now looking at systematizing an implementation approach of the AM technologies onto spares. We believe that’s where Spare Parts 3D can really help: in accelerating the inventory digitization.”
Paul Guillaumot, Spare Parts 3D’s CEO