Where Are You in Your Additive Manufacturing Automation Journey?

May 12, 2021 | 118 views

Somewhat ironically, many processes in additive manufacturing – which is often defined as a digital manufacturing technology –  remain manual and siloed.

Automation is still not widely deployed in additive manufacturing. The vast majority of companies adopting 3D printing remain dependent on human labour and access to physical inventories.

Below we’ll be exploring the stages of maturity in additive manufacturing IT automation; areas companies should consider automating and software solutions available to help you digitise and streamline your additive manufacturing operations.

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