Materialise Mindware offers business managers a direct line of access to strategic, tailored advice on using additive manufacturing to address their business needs and challenges.
Materialise, a global leader in additive manufacturing, launched an advisory service – Mindware, to offer businesses strategic, tailored and technology-neutral insights on the use of additive manufacturing to address their business challenges. Mindware was unveiled by Bart Van Der Schueren, Chief Technology Officer at Materialise, via a live webinar conducted on May 20th, 2020.
Additive manufacturing offers businesses a way to establish more sustainable supply chains and reduce the costs associated with operational inefficiency, by enabling decentralization of manufacturing and production on-demand. The technology is also known for its ability to enable new business models such as mass production of customized products, and bring innovation to market in record time.
However, business leaders frequently cite one barrier against the widespread adoption of additive manufacturing: the lack of know-how.
According to a survey conducted by Materialise last year, it was realised that nearly 50% of manufacturers expect the use of 3D printing to double in the next 5 years, but 41% see the lack of expertise as a major hurdle.
As the lockdown lifts in various parts of the world, companies look to start their operations as rising financial pressures are likely to render businesses more sensitive to investment risks.
Speaking at the launch, Schueren, noted, “3D printing offers unique opportunities for businesses looking to gain or maintain a competitive edge, while keeping investment risk low. It is critical, however, to tap into a source that is both knowledgeable and unbiased.”
He continued, “Additive manufacturing covers a range of technologies which are each ideally suited to varying applications, and neutrality is key in ensuring that the right technologies are chosen in each context.”
MATERIALISE MINDWARE – AN ADVISORY SERVICE ON ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
There’s no manual that teaches how to integrate additive manufacturing (AM) into your business. It can feel confusing, risky, overwhelming: how do you determine if it can be the answer to your business’ strategic needs? Which applications is AM best suited for? When do you decide whether to insource or outsource? Which technology should you use?
Mindware will help answer all such questions and make sense of the 3D printing world with a focus on targeted goals, challenges and ideas.
Materialise is a pioneer in additive manufacturing and home to some of the industry’s most experienced veterans, who have been the driving force in several of the industry’s most successful technological developments, applications and innovations since 1990. Mindware brings businesses in direct contact with Materialise’s experts and their insights, building a substantial foundation of knowledge to build their 3D printing strategy upon.
Schueren added, “We have spent the past three decades working out how to make 3D printing efficient, reliable, meaningful, and scalable. Now, we’re sharing our know-how and capabilities to assist businesses. Hardware and software are critical ingredients, but nothing substitutes the right know-how. Unbiased advisory is in the Materialise DNA, and I believe where we can really make a difference for our customers is with Mindware.”
Mindware is managed by a dedicated team of business strategists at Materialise, and supported by a wide network of experts throughout the 2000-employee company. Clients receive customized insights from specialists in disciplines ranging from R&D, to design and engineering, to process engineering, as well as specialists dedicated to verticals such as the medical and aerospace industries. Mindware can help companies with exploring or developing applications for additive manufacturing as well as defining strategy, qualify manufacturing processes.
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