Supercharge Your Production Line with AM

You don’t have to reinvent your product to reinvent how you make it

Additive manufacturing (AM) has inspired designers and manufacturers around the world to reimagine the products they make.

Yet, for manufacturing industries there is an opportunity even bigger than in reinventing their end products: and it lies in using AM to evolve, enhance, and de-risk their existing production lines.

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Can my manufacturing process benefit from AM?

AM can help you overcome your production challenges and to rethink your processes without changing the end-product. The digital nature of AM brings a new kind of value. Think higher uptime, lower operational costs, flexible operations, and de-risked supply chains.

The question is: where do you start?

Let the Mindware program help you identify opportunities that matter.

On-demand manufacturing Part improvements 3D Printing Decentralized production Digital inventory Industry 4.0 Supply chain efficiencies Mass personalization Process Innovation

No false starts, real results

Our Mindware program enables you to find the right approach and the right applications for AM in your manufacturing organization — and quickly make them a reality. The program and its building blocks are scalable to suit your ambitions, needs, and timescales.

With our program, you’ll get real results in a fast and lean way and avoid the typical pitfalls:

  • Build a technology-neutral understanding of AM rather than being limited to specific technologies
  • Identify the right applications and discover what parts make sense to start AM with
  • Bring in AM experts to tackle your specific challenges instead of investing in your own AM research without clear results

Here’s an overview of the typical phases of a program, the ‘off-the-shelf’ expert modules we offer, and what you’ll get out of them:

Additive masterclass sessions

AM strategic clarity workshop

AM goals & roadmap definition

Application screening and prioritization workshop (on-site or virtual)

Application requirements mapping session

Material and technology feasibility assessment

Design and engineering sprints for functionality, printability and process optimization

Rapid prototype production

Proof of concept development (physical or digital twin)

3.1 Optimize AM printing processes

Move from validated prototype to repeat production reliably

Define and optimize build strategies that guarantee quality and efficiency

3.2 Design and automate end-to-end process flow

Design and set up end-to-end digital workflows

Automate workflows with algorithms and digital tools

3.4 Establish a lean serial AM production

Identify and solve process inefficiencies that prevent from scaling

Improve production facility to scale with reliability and traceability

Fourth Milestone

Serial certified AM process finalized

  • Additive masterclass sessions

  • AM strategic clarity workshop

  • AM goals and roadmap definition

  • Application screening and prioritization workshop (on-site or virtual)

  • Application requirements mapping session

  • Material and technology feasibility assessment

  • Design and engineering sprints for functionality, printability and process optimization

  • Rapid prototype production

  • Proof of concept development (physical or digital twin)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Additive masterclass sessions

  • AM strategic clarity workshop

  • AM goals and roadmap definition

  • Application screening and prioritization workshop (on-site or virtual)

  • Application requirements mapping session

  • Material and technology feasibility assessment

  • Design and engineering sprints for functionality, printability and process optimization

  • Rapid prototype production

  • Proof of concept development (physical or digital twin)

AM successes and insights hot off the production line

Lighting the Way: 3D-Printed Components Transform the Efficiency and Productivity of Signify’s Lightbulb Assembly Line

Lighting the Way: 3D-Printed Components Transform the Efficiency and Productivity of Signify’s Lightbulb Assembly Line

The collaboration resulted in the reinvention of a lamp holder bracket and suction gripper that have functioned continuously for four years without breaking once, realizing cost savings of around €89,000 a year.

How AM Is Helping CNH Steer a Stronger Supply Chain Strategy

How AM Is Helping CNH Steer a Stronger Supply Chain Strategy

Like many other businesses throughout the world, CNH ran into supply chain challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But with AM in their toolkit and a strategic partner to guide them, CNH quickly adapted, avoiding major potential losses as a result.

Mass Customized Marshmallow Nozzles Give Mr. Mallo the Competitive Edge

Mass Customized Marshmallow Nozzles Give Mr. Mallo the Competitive Edge

Confiserie Van Damme produces over 15,000 tons of marshmallows in different shapes, sizes, and varieties every single year, a delicious product with small margins that requires relatively expensive machinery. And that’s where Materialise Mindware came in.

Does your production need upgrading?

Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about our program and how we can take your manufacturing setup to the next level.

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2.2 Design and engineer for AM

Redesign and optimize an application for AM

Get trained in Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM)

2.3 Develop (digital) proof of concepts

Test different designs/versions of the parts via rapid prototyping

Conceptualize end-to-end process with digital demonstrations

Third Milestone

Pilot product and process established

3.1 Optimize AM printing processes

Move from validated prototype to repeat production reliably

Define and optimize build strategies that guarantee quality and efficiency

3.2 Design and automate end-to-end process flow

Design and set up end-to-end digital workflows

Automate workflows with algorithms and digital tools

3.4 Establish a lean serial AM production

Identify and solve process inefficiencies that prevent from scaling

Improve production facility to scale with reliability and traceability

Fourth Milestone

Serial certified AM process finalized