Thank you for registering for our July 22nd Fire&Spark Webinar – Supply Chain Resiliency: Positioning Your 3D Service Bureau as the Solution.
Our panel of experts discussed trends in the additive manufacturing world during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how you can position your service bureau as a trusted advisor to companies looking to incorporate additive manufacturing into their supply chains to build resilience. Our complete notes can be found here, and you can access the webinar recording here.
If you’re short on time, here’s a quick overview of the highlights:
Manufacturing companies have no choice but to adapt their supply chains in order to survive, and they should do so by leveraging a combination of advancing technologies such as 3D Printing, blockchain technology, robots and automation, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things.
3D Printing offers significant benefits for manufacturers who want to build resilience and flexibility into their supply chains. It offers companies the opportunity to save money on expensive molds and tooling through direct manufacturing. 3D printing also offers companies freedom of design, which can reduce the risks and waste associated with traditional manufacturing.
Service bureaus can help to create resiliency by positioning themselves as trusted advisors to companies seeking to incorporate additive manufacturing by bringing in technological expertise that companies do not have in house. Service bureaus should be able to explain to companies why and how additive manufacturing can fill their supply chain gaps, and which technologies are the best fit to do so.
Xerox is releasing a metal printer at the end of 2020 that offers a range of benefits for service bureaus looking to break into the metal printing space. The printer uses proprietary liquid metal technology that takes aluminum wire as its input, offering metal printing at a lower price than powder printers, while lowering the time needed to produce parts and increasing machine safety.
In order to succeed, service bureaus need to focus on their industry positioning to differentiate and market themselves more effectively. For service bureaus to be competitive, they should either choose a niche in which they have existing expertise, or provide a one-stop-shop for their customers in which they can outsource jobs to other providers who have a different specialty.
***If you are interested in learning more about how to position your service bureau for success read:
- “On-Demand Manufacturing Marketing Positioning Guide” written by Dale Bertand, President of Fire&Spark.
- For tips on best practices to expand your service bureau, also check out “Best Practices for a High-Output 3D Printing Business” written by Greg Paulsen of Xometry.***
Ready to grow your service bureau by levelling-up your marketing today? Schedule your free Fire&Spark consultation!
***A special thanks to our speakers who made this event a successful one: Tali Rosman, Greg Paulsen, Constantine Ivanov, Mac Cameron and Dale Bertrand.***