A Q&A with Razorleaf’s chief architect, Jonathan Scott, and Adaptive Corp’s director of sales, Jon Gable, on the subject of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs).
In the 1980s, computer aided design software (or CAD) started to be widely adopted by companies of all sizes, because for the first time it was possible to run the software on lower cost personal workstations instead of the more expensive mainframes and minicomputers that were previously required.
Metal 3D printing is promising big improvements in speed, cost, and quality that could signal a tipping point for an industry slowed by million-dollar machines.
Much of the hype around 3D printing in recent years has involved products that could be produced relatively quickly from plastic materials. But metal 3D printing has been an entirely different story – one defined by arduous research and development that has unfolded slowly away from the spotlight.
For large manufacturers, metrology has long played a key role in part and product quality. Now, these same manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace and other sectors are asking their suppliers to provide parts that meet increasingly tight tolerances, which has further expanded demand for metrology solutions.
A 3D printer from Markforged helped Elliott Tool Technology quickly and cost-effectively create fixturing and, eventually, end-use parts for customers.
Identifying and solving bottlenecks is an important part of keeping any business running. Elliott Tool Technologies identified a holdup in the process of producing its workholding fixtures, one that a 3D-printing system from Markforged has helped to solve.