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reimagining the future of manufacturing
New technologies including robots and computers
Drive manufacturing and data analytics help companies improve supply chain efficiency to keep up with demand, but what if a bigger manufacturing transformation is coming?
Take the time to imagine that manufacturing will be completely digital, allowing us to produce and distribute customized products to meet near-real needstime.
This is the vision that Chicago is achieving --
Fast Radius based on additive manufacturers.
Recently, I had the privilege of visiting their factory near the West Loop in Chicago, and had a conversation with Fast Radius CEO Lou Rassey and COO Pat McCusker about the vision and strategy of that, and a huge list of customers.
I found that the range of Fast Radius far exceeds the expected incremental increase in efficiency in manufacturing.
Rassey describes how the boundaries between manufacturing and supply chains are blurred and shares his vision for the \"fourth model\" of logistics.
\"In addition to transporting goods through land, water and air, we can now move parts at the speed of light through the Internet.
This is the fourth way . \"
Inventory can actually exist in the cloud via on-
Currently, need it where needed.
To make this future a reality, the Fast Radius is leading the charge.
\"What we make has the ability to advance and change our way of life, and the way we make things is on the verge of a fundamental paradigm shift,\" Rassey said . \".
\"Additive manufacturing provides us with new and powerful tools that allow us to make what we once could only imagine and bring them into the lives of the people who use them.
\"It\'s a matter of note to visit the Fast Radius facility
Efficiency of the factory-
It\'s all 3D printers-
At any time, only a few people are required to supervise the production of various products and parts on the floor.
The space for packaging and transportation is almost the same size as the factory itself.
Fast radi\'s customer success story shows how much change this new technology can bring.
Fast Radius works with Husqvarna Group, a company that produces outdoor power products for forests, parks and garden care, aiming to reimagine their spare parts supply chain.
As a collaborative effort, a rapid Radius team of application engineers works with Husqvarna Group to screen and identify parts that can be produced on production scale and quality through additive manufacturing.
Once determined, the team validated their performance and durability and certified them for production and sales.
Fast Radius helps Husqvarna Group reduce carbon by reducing material waste, improving customer service without parts out of stock, and eliminating inventory carrying costs (including working capital, warehousing, and obsolescence)
\"Our goal is to be a trusted partner and platform for our customers,\" said McCusker . \".
\"Our goal is to help companies understand the possibilities of additives now and accept these applications on a large scale.
Sometimes this includes helping companies produce products that cannot be manufactured through traditional manufacturing.
This idea of \"making it impossible\" mentioned by McCusker is a sign of the additive manufacturing commitment.
Thanks to new technology and materials, engineers are now able to unlock new part geometry and components.
In fact, this \"unchangeable\" spirit is reflected in the recent Fast Radius project of Toyota\'s advanced logistics North American company, Bastian Solutions, which aims to create the Bastian Shuttle system, A robot material processing program.
In order to get into the market faster, Basti needs to make a better arm, from the fingertips to the elbows, as much as possible similar to the human arm.
They need a completely new design, and the manufacturing of additional materials makes it possible.
Nearly half of the parts of the robot\'s shuttle system are made of extra-Manufactured polymers, which makes the fingers, joints and elbows of robot operators more nimble and efficient.
Also, lightweight materials allow for more sustainable operations, as the extra-manufactured shuttle system is capable of being driven by smaller motors and requires less power to perform daily operations than previous metal components.
\"This is the first technology of Bastian Solutions to use 3D printed parts as a final solution for the final product,\" said Chris Morgan, chief innovation officer at Bastian Solutions.
\"The manufacture of parts through additives is one quarter lower than the traditional cost, and the production time is shortened.
As a result, we are able to bring robot processors to market faster.
The project of Husqvarna and Bastian Solution is just two of the countless applications of additive manufacturing.
Companies are eager to write their own success stories with this new technology, but they are often intimidated by great possibilities.
To solve this problem, Fast Radius has developed an application starter that guides companies through the process of identifying and using additive manufacturing technologies, which will quickly bring innovative products and solutions to market.
The impact of the supply chain is enormous.
As quoted by the 3D printing industry, the proprietary cloud of Fast radi-
Software-based application discovery, design and production.
In addition, the company has a virtual warehouse that securely stores the digital design and production specifications of customer parts.
On the surface, this eliminates the inventory cost of storing parts
Imagine the impact on warehousing and inventory optimization.
Manufacturers rely on logistics companies to provide a global network of warehousing sites.
Fast Radius is stored via virtual parts and on-
In addition, producing parts closer to the customer will in turn reduce shipping costs, moving from a linear supply chain that stores excess inventory to an agile network that can respond quickly to consumer needs.
This can reduce the need to outsource manufacturing to overseas, and it can also challenge manufacturing\'s perception of global trade.
\"The company will not just focus on the actual flow of goods, but will find that the digital flow of products will also drive value,\" Rassey said . \".
As we know, can 3D printing really replace all manufacturing? For now, no.
Deloitte Insights explained in a recent paper that for most products, 3D printing is still more expensive for each part than using a CNC machine, and it can take hours instead of minutes for each part.
However, some parts can only be made with 3D printing, and the volume of the parts is so low that neither traditional nor subtraction manufacturing is optimal.
With the digitization of supply chain, business interaction will be more transparent and real
Time and collaboration.
Integrated 3D printing will be a natural choice for these supply chains.
It will simplify the cumbersome process in history, provide more attractive economic benefits, and perhaps most importantly, it will drive innovation through new products and business models.