So-called 3D printing, sometimes referred to as additive manufacturing, is still very early in its evolution, using a laser-like process to turn powered plastic, metallic and other materials into finished products. If and when 3D printing goes mainstream, it will likely have a dramatic impact on manufacturing and supply chains.
3D printing allows Humtown to produce novel designs that weren’t possible to make with tooling. Now, the company can take full advantage of the creativity of their engineers. Applications have largely been around rapid prototyping and service parts, the latter allowing companies to create parts on-demand without the need to inventory hundreds or thousands of slow moving SKUs.
Use of additive manufacturing in a foundry would likely seem a not great fit, but that’s exactly what one Ohio manufacturer is doing. According to a recent blog on the web site of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Humtown Products […]
Above: PepsiCo food, snack, and beverage product line-up/Source: PepsiCo PepsiCo turned to tooling with 3D printing...