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The Challenges of the Digital Factory #1: Productivity

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During the last, virtual edition of Form Next, we held a live expert session with the title “How to reduce additive manufacturing costs, when productivity and part quality are essential?”

When it comes to the ins and outs of the business, between additive and standard manufacturing there can be many common traits.

But still, the technical differences between the two production methods demand a review of the equation, if we want to correctly evaluate the challenges of a digital factory.

Our analysis is focused on three main points:

  • Productivity
  • Cost per part
  • Quality
 

How do we measure productivity?

At the printer level

 
  • Power consumption of your printer?
  • How many parts per job?
  • How long will the job take?
  • Check the technical specs: More Power (in Watt) = more speed (in volume/time)
  • Check the build envelope: More volume = more parts

Analyzing the complete cycle

 
  • How long does it take to prepare the printer?
  • How fast can I reload it?
  • To understand every step of the production process is crucial.
  • Look at a full-week span to optimize your operations.
  • Think about printing at night and week-ends.

At production scale

 
  • At this level, optimization, scheduling and throughput forecasting are essential
  • Understand what can be parallelized
  • Automation can improve your overall productivity. Make sure there is a path to it

Do you want to know more?

Fill the form on the right to watch the recording of our Expert Session at Form Next Connect 2020.