The path to serial production with metal additive manufacturing can be littered with dangerous pitfalls, unnecessary detours and unknown obstacles. An experienced guide can get you where you’re going using the most direct and fastest route. If implemented correctly, additive manufacturing can lead to substantial benefits, such as shorter production lead times, cost savings, consolidated part counts, reduced waste, improved sustainability and an enhanced supply chain.
GE Additive created a Production Playbook to share some lessons learned on our own additive journey and help others as they take steps to shift to industrialization. Topics addressed include:
• Part identification
• Returning investment profit
• Experience gap
• Talent or resource shortage
• Cultural resistance to change
Taking these into consideration, along with their key variables - machines, processes, powders and parts – will help lead to additive success.