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.
Product development teams have long relied on the metal injection molding or casting processes to manufacture metal parts for decades. This time-tested process is robust, highly repeatable, and ideal for high-volume production. However, when engineering development teams think about the cost of manufacturing using injection molding, they typically think of the costs only in terms of direct materials, machine time, and direct labor costs (see Traditional Part Cost Model image). This conventional cost model, although intuitive, does not capture the true total costs associated with manufacturing a part using metal injection molding or casting.