Sculpteo recently released their annual survey report, The State of 3D Printing: 2019, which revealed insight on the main uses, challenges, and predictions for the industry. The survey asked industry insiders about a variety of topics related to 3D printing. Perhaps the most important question was tucked into the middle of the survey: What are the top challenges for using 3D printers?
"3D printing is a real passion for me".
Marty McGough is an innovative operations executive and process improvement professional with more than 20 years of hands-on experience applying Lean Startup and Continuous Improvement techniques to manufacturing, product design, cost reduction, system enhancement, and customer satisfaction problems for high-tech companies. He has personally introduced more than 31 products that generated over $1.1 billion in sales with gross margins of up to 45%. He has engaged in five successful scaling or turnaround efforts with companies of various sizes.
Material specs are important to 3DEO. We hold ourselves to the highest standard so our customers can trust and rely on our products.
Predictability of performance is key to 3DEO’s ability to scale our operation. We make sure that our process is in control and our part output stays consistent overtime. When adding new modules or capacity, we ensure that we aren’t changing the distribution of parts. Establishing methodologies for predictability allows us to achieve nominal specs.
At 3DEO, we use process controls to track the quality of the part before it is completed. This allows us to catch and reduce any variability that may occur in real time. By watching these process controls, we can understand the predictability of performance and take corrective action if anything happens.
At 3DEO, our measuring process starts with the customer. We closely review drawings to figure out what features and specs are important to the part. Our team inspects the intricate geometries of the piece to determine which tool would be the most appropriate. Using the measuring system that the customer is most familiar with, we eliminate any doubts and establish a sense of trust.
3DEO takes pride in having a fully traceable manufacturing process. But why is traceability important? Because traceability means accountability.
We’ve all heard the story -- a customer gets their first articles and loves them. They are perfect and they can’t wait to start production. But once the production parts arrive, they are completely different from the first articles.
There is a problem in metal 3D printing today. The problem is that the 3D printing industry doesn’t hold itself to the same standards as traditional manufacturers. When you order a part from traditional manufacturing, whether it's part 1 or part 10,000, you expect the parts to be exactly as you ordered them.