For manufacturers trying to juggle greater product complexity and customer demand for personalised, unique experiences, 3D configuration tools offer the ability to quote complex products with confidence.
Darren Hardman, president of Avanade Europe, explores a trio of still-developing technologies with the most potential to help manufacturing operations achieve greater operational efficiency, and then considers how to boost their individual power even more by integrating them into a truly intelligent enterprise.
The UK manufacturing sector continues to grow, even in uncertain times around Brexit. It is currently the ninth largest globally and contributes to a huge 44% of the UK exports. Rapid growth has resulted in successes and struggles, bringing about concerns faced by few other industries as a whole.
Driven by increasing market demand for highly personalised products, the need for manufacturers to leverage the full value of their data is greater than ever. Yet, producing smaller batches of non-standard, unique products is significantly more complex and requires data ‘on-demand’.
To significantly reduce its design-to-manufacture time, Briggs Automotive Company (BAC), the British manufacturer of the recently launched elite supercar Mono R, turned to Stratasys and its FDM 3D printing
UK innovators are set to benefit from a £300m investment in more sustainable flight solutions for people and goods, with researchers developing electric planes and cleaner jet fuels set to receive an additional £5m boost.