Workshop Additive Manufacturing for Spare part Supply chains

To print or not to print? That’s the question!

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is rapidly developing as a technology suitable for low volume manufacturing of customized product designs. This closely matches the characteristics of slow moving spare parts for advanced capital goods. The short lead times of AM can significantly improve the balance between spare part inventory investment and system downtime. However, the quality and durability of printed parts may differ from original parts. Together with Additive Industries, Fokker Services, NLR and Thales, the universities of Twente and Eindhoven have explored the options to improve spare part supply chains using AM within the SINTAS* project. In this workshop, we would like to inform you about the key project results. We’d further like to discuss with you under which conditions and how you could profit from AM in spare part supply chains. Two international guest speakers will share their view with us and contribute to the discussions. Will you join?

*Sustainability Impact of New Technology on After sales Service supply chains.


12:00-13:00 Arrival and lunch

13:00-13:15 Opening, by Matthieu van der Heijden (University of Twente)

13:15-13:45 Identifying business cases for 3D printing in service logistics
Increasingly many service organizations recognize the potential value of 3D printing for their spare parts operations. Nonetheless, what are the next steps and which spare parts offer the highest potential for 3D printing? We recap which research methods helped Fokker Services to identify the most promising spare parts for 3D printing. Furthermore, we discuss 3D printing applications which do not suffer from an unstandardized certification process in the aerospace industry and therefore already offer cost-saving potential today.

By Nils Knofius (University of Twente) and
Kaveh Alizadeh (Fokker Services)

13:45-14:30 Supercharging Supply Chains with 3D Printing
The advent of industrial 3D printing affects more than just design and manufacture. It impacts each of the component element of a supply chain: ‘plan’, ‘source’, ‘deliver’ and ‘return’ all have to adapt, as well as ‘make’. Moreover, the use of 3D printing enables new supply chain models to be implemented, providing greater flexibility and responsiveness while reducing risks. In this talk, Len Pannett will look at the impact of 3D printing on each of the SCOR elements of the supply chain and the new supply chain models that emerge.

By Len Pannett (Visagio), Len is a Managing Partner with Visagio Ltd, an operational implementation consultancy focused on realising its clients’ operational aspirations. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Supercharg3d: How 3D Printing Will Drive Your Supply Chain

14:30-15:00 3D printing during missions
The Royal Netherlands Army, like many other organizations, often operates in difficult conditions abroad. Distance from resupply depots, harsh weather conditions, and the risk of hostilities impose restrictions on resupplying bases of operation and on the ability to keep equipment up and running. We show that having relatively simple AM capacity available on-site at remote locations can bring great benefit, by lowering spare parts inventory levels and by increasing the availability of equipment.

By Bram Westerweel (Eindhoven University of Technology) and
Jelmar de Boer (Royal Netherlands Army)

15:00-15:30 Break

15:30-16:00 Developments in Metal Additive Manufacturing for successful production of spare parts
The printing process for metal is rather complex due to the amount of process parameters and external influence which mean certain variability in the output properties. To ensure a high reliability of the parts and repeatability of the printing process, external factors such as material reuse and moisture influence are investigated. Analysis of static and dynamic behavior are key to determine the part performance and compare it with the conventional manufacturing alternatives. This study presents a technical overview of switching to AM without compromising a great deal of the general performance of structural loaded parts.

By Laura Cordova (University of Twente) and
Marc de Smit (Netherlands Aerospace Centre)

16:00-16:45 In-field Additive Manufacturing
Fieldmade is a relatively young start-up. In its relative short lifetime it has positioned itself as a leading solution provider for military in-field AM. Fieldmade is currently collaborating with the Norwegian Armed Forces and the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment to develop a complete solution that meets military demands. Christian Duun Norberg will present the current initiative, test and verification activities, test cases and experiences from AM usability as a tool to sustain operational readiness.

By Christian Duun Norberg (Fieldmade), Christian is CEO of Fieldmade, a start-up focused on military in-field AM with its roots within the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment

16:45-17:30 Challenges for 3D printing in after-sales service supply chains
Panel discussion

Moderated by Matthieu van der Heijden (University of Twente)

17:30-19:00 Drinks

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