3D Printing: The Future of Manufacturing
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The Liquid Metal Advantage
- Off-the-Shelf Materials — Our technology uses off-the-shelf metal wires, which are safer, more cost-effective, and require less post-processing than powder-based 3D metal printing.
- Proprietary AI Software — Software developed at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) optimises the 3D printing process.
- Seamless Integration — Our 3D technology integrates into manufacturer’s current workflows, empowering their manufacturing line with repeatable production of strong parts.
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Supply Chain Resiliency: Positioning Your 3D Service Bureau as the Solution
2020 has laid bare the vulnerabilities that manufacturers face with today’s complex global supply chains.
Two-thirds of supply chain executives reported major supply chain disruptions this year due to COVID-19, with almost half reporting they didn’t have a plan in place to deal with such a disruption. While most companies have business continuity plans in place to deal with software disruptions, very few have similar plans for the physical world of parts. That’s where 3D printing can help.
In July, at a Fire & Spark webinar, Tali Rosman, Xerox Vice President and General Manager of 3D Printing, talked about how service bureaus can become trusted partners for manufacturers to implement 3D printing.
Smart Manufacturing and the Power of Data
Will the future manufacturing floor be fully automated, or will we see a new era of human-machine collaboration in smart manufacturing?
In June at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Next Conference on Smart Manufacturing and the Power of Data, Saigopal (Sai) Nelaturi, Research Area Manager at Xerox PARC, outlined the different ways in which Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming the design and manufacturing process. The fundamental issue, Sai outlined, is that development in smart manufacturing is taking place almost always separately from design.
Integrating Manufacturing in Design
Rethinking design and manufacturing with AI is pushing more companies to consider the changes they will need to make in the future of their supply chains. According to Nelaturi, AI can have an impact at the very beginning of the process. Manufacturing is an influential component of design, and “AI helps us navigate through large design spaces to find solutions.”
He explained that integrating AI in the design process will bring cost efficiencies with the raw materials used. For example, a complex part may have several angles and an intricate design; with AI modeling, the specs of a single part, regardless of its complexity, can be optimized to minimize the materials used.
Designing a new product can benefit from integrating AI in the earlier phases, however the advantages humans bring, such as flexibility, dexterity and real-time decision making, are not getting automated anytime soon.
With recent advancements in materials and manufacturing, not only has design become more complex; it has evolved new design methods, such as additive manufacturing, multiplying the knowledge requirements of designers. Designers today need to know how to adequately search for materials, where and when to incorporate digital manufacturing software, and how design will impact the production line with 3D printing and other smart manufacturing techniques. This is why, according to Nelaturi AI will always play an important partnership role in the manufacturing process, a supporting role that augments human knowledge and strengths.