The D4 Road is a tiered set of services which allows your company to discover the opportunities 3D printing has to offer. Our road to 3D printing starts with a free, half day ‘Quick Scan’, wherein we visit your company (either physically or digitally) and help you discover with you the possibilities of 3D printing to grow your business.
Are you ready to start your 3D printing growth engine? Book your quick scan today and you’ll be ready to kickstart your company into higher gear in no time.
The quick scan is a free service to get you started quickly. For a half day, we will visit your company and meet up with your team to collaboratively discover the opportunities 3D printing has to offer. We’ll familiarize ourselves with your business to see whether 3D printing can be a complimentary or a disruptive asset to your product offering or supply chain organisation.
After we’ve identified some of the opportunities for 3D printing in your company, it’s time for a pilot. Together with you, we’ll determine what the most promising use case is of 3D printing and put it to the test. We’ll design, digitize or convert a 3D printable model and have it come to life in a prototype. When these results are up to par, we’ll make a cost analysis based on simulations run in our production network.
After a successful pilot phase, it’s time to start your 3D printing growth engine. In D4 Print, we’ll setup a tailored production network that exactly meets the needs of the products you’re going to 3D printing. This includes all parts of the supply chain puzzle, as well as a seamless coupling of D4 Print with your ERP/CRM/back-end software.
Now that you have a fully operational production network running, it’s time to scale up operations. As your demand increases, your tailored production network will dynamically adjust to the changing production conditions. Our smart order routing and volume optimization algorithms will orchestrate your orders accordingly.
Phase 1: Quick Scan. After we reached out to a Belgian mass customization company to see whether they’d be interested to see if 3D printing had anything to offer for them, YourGifts inc. immediately signed up for the Quick Scan. Herein we quickly learned that mass customization of gifts is a very challenging world to operate in and it all comes down to connecting with your target audience and distinguishing yourself from the plethora of other companies that have a similar business model. 3D printing immediately stood out as a way to extend the current product offering.
Phase 2: Pilot. During the pilot phase, we organised two co-creation workshops wherein YourGifts inc. and the Dimension4 team brainstormed about possible new product ideas. Our 3D designer then turned these ideas into products and some prototypes were 3D printed. Based on the feedback of the client and the suggested piece price, the designs were modified and approved for production. A simulation of the digital supply chain validated the feasibility to manufacture the individualized products on the scale YourGifts inc. required.
Phase 3: Implementation. First, a selection of several 3D printing service bureaus within our global network was made, based on the geographical distribution of the YourGifts client base, the geometries of the 3D prints, the material and finishing options and the logistics required. Validation runs of the production network ensured a smooth operation. In the currently ongoing phase, Dimension4 is coupling its D4 Print web platform with the ERP of the client to ensure the product line extension doesn’t disrupt the normal operations of the company.
Phase 4: Growth. Coming soon!