Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 11


JUSTIN COUTU | COLUMN BY

Faster Revenue
Companies that thrive in the marketplace and consistently beat out their
MARCH/APRIL 2016 manufacturing-today.com

11

P R O F I TA B I L I T Y

Two of the major benefits that 3-D
printing provides are the ability to allow design and development groups
to build, form, fit and create functional
models to test, while the manufacturing division is building jigs, fixtures and
tooling to help support many of their
needs on the floor. This gets you as close
to the end product as possible with less
waste and less outside cost, not to mention the peace of mind of keeping your
designs and ideas in-house instead of
outsourcing work to service bureaus
and job shops across the world.
You can sand, plate, tap, glue, dye,
drill and paint your 3-D printed prototypes to look and perform like your
end-use products. Once the parts are
finished, they are tested through every
situation possible. The prototypes are
photographed, brought to trade shows,
tested again by professionals and then
can be headlined on the company's website under "HOT NEW PRODUCT."

AH
S R EXPO 2016

It's not uncommon for companies to
save entire product lines and reinvent
themselves simply because they now
have the freedom within their facility
to be more creative on a much faster level, thanks to the ability to 3-D
print their prototypes and designs inhouse. This capability gives the design
and manufacturing process a quicker
turnaround time on multiple designs
and even multiple iterations of these
independent designs. High-quality 3-D printers are revolutionizing
various manufacturing industries
through rapid prototyping.
"Historically, for a car company
to make a sample side-view mirror,
it takes days and costs thousands of
dollars," says Duncan Stewart, Director of Research for Deloitte, one of
the largest professional services networks in the world. "On a 3-D printer, you enter a computer design file,
press a button, and the object comes
out in a few hours. The value is in saving money and in speeding up production. It's all about time to market."

B UY AMERICAN

Reinvention is Common

SERVICE

The stories of how the 3-D printing
process has saved manufacturers
bundles of money while shortening
their production calendar started
years ago as dribs and drabs on the
Internet. Now they have taken on tsunami-like proportions. You can't turn
on your computer in the morning
without seeing another newsfeed on
how the process has not only helped
a company's bottom-line, but in some
cases actually saved lives.
During the many years I have been
working in the 3-D printing industry,
I have seen all kinds of design, product development and manufacturing
processes. I have walked manufacturing floors, design centers and
product development facilities, all of
which has made me think more about
what the end goal should be for any
company looking to add 3-D printing
to its in-house capabilities. What I
have discovered is that the majority of the companies we work with
all have the same goal: to build their
product faster and more efficiently,
with less cost and, most importantly, ahead of the competition. This is
where 3-D printing comes into play.

S U S TA I N A B I L I T Y

Like a Tsunami

C ANADA MANUFACTURING

and scale models of very large machine components.
"We have thousands of low-volume
plastic and metal parts - clamps, knobs,
clips - of which we sell only five or ten
a year," LaHood told an audience of engineers. Such parts are best-suited for
3-D printing, he added. One supplier
inspired Caterpillar engineers to use
3-D printing after it called for a minimum order of 100 parts, even though
only five per year were needed. "So we
went to a production-type FDM (fused
deposition modeling) machine and
we produced the whole year's supply
overnight," LaHood said.


http://www.manufacturing-today.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016

Contents
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - Cover1
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - Cover2
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 1
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 2
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - Contents
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 4
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 5
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 6
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 7
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 8
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 9
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 10
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 11
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 12
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 13
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 14
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 15
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 16
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 17
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 18
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 19
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 20
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 21
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 22
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 23
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 24
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 25
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 26
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 27
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 28
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 29
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 30
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 31
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 32
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 33
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 34
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 35
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 36
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 37
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 38
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 39
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 40
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 41
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 42
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 43
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 44
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 45
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 46
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 47
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 48
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 49
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 50
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 51
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 52
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 53
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 54
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 55
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 56
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 57
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 58
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 59
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 60
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 61
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 62
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 63
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 64
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 65
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 66
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 67
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 68
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 69
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 70
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 71
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 72
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 73
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 74
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 75
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 76
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 77
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 78
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 79
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 80
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 81
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 82
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 83
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 84
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 85
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 86
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 87
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 88
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 89
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 90
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 91
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 92
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 93
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 94
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 95
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 96
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 97
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 98
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 99
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 100
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 101
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 102
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 103
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 104
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 105
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 106
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 107
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 108
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 109
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 110
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 111
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 112
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 113
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 114
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 115
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 116
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 117
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 118
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 119
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 120
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 121
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 122
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 123
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 124
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 125
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 126
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 127
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - 128
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - Cover3
Manufacturing Today - March/April 2016 - Cover4
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol18_1
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20171112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_201709
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_201709_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_201708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_201707
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20170506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20170304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20170102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20161112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20160910v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20160910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20160708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20160506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20160304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20160102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20151112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20141112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2013fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2013summer_vol2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2013summer_vol1
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2013spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2012winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2012fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2012summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2012spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2011winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2011fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2011summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2011springsummer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2011spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2011winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2010fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2010summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2010spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/schofield/mt_2010winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/schofield/mt_2009fall
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com