Efficient, on-demand production.
The traditional manufacturing method of reducing costs is the mass production of parts to take advantage of economies of scale. But this Effect Skins project illustrates the power of Stratasys 3D printing when it comes to creating both on-demand and cost-effective production parts.
“We believe on-demand production offers definite benefits to supply chain efficiencies and allows easy access for customers,” Fujishita said. “So we see it as essential in growing the market for these products and that’s how we are moving forward.”
Nezu observes two primary advantages for manufacturers that use 3D printing: the ability to develop multiple designs in a short amount of time, and just as importantly, the ability to bring customers into the production process itself.
“What really interests me is making cars even better, more enjoyable products for their customers,” he said. “That’s where I sense a lot of possibility — cars could become more open-source products where the customer or a third party can come in and help make the automobile industry more customizable. And with Stratasys 3D printing technology, open and innovative manufacturing is now possible.”