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Revolutionising manufacturing with 3D printing: Current impact and future possibilities

29 February 2024

In what remain volatile times for the manufacturing industry, Henrike Wonneberger, COO and Co-Founder of Replique, takes a look at the current situation with regard to 3D printing/additive manufacturing, its current impact, and what else we can expect from the technology in the future.

Manufacturers are facing some critical challenges, which are reshaping the landscape of the industry. One of the most pressing concerns is the impact of climate change and the growing customer demand for sustainability.

Consumers, and subsequently regulatory bodies, request more eco-friendly products, and this trend is driving manufacturers to reevaluate their processes and adopt more sustainable practices. However, implementing these changes while maintaining cost-effectiveness remains a challenge for many companies.

Another major challenge is the ongoing supply chain disruptions. The past few years have witnessed unprecedented events, from natural disasters to global health crises, that have severely impacted the manufacturing industry. These disruptions have highlighted the need for more agile and resilient supply chain processes.

Manufacturers now face the pressure of minimising lead times, ensuring consistent availability of critical parts, and optimising production to cope with unexpected shifts in demand.

By adopting additive manufacturing (AM), we can pave the way for more sustainable and resilient processes. 


Read the full article in DPA's March issue



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