VTT suggests 5% of all spare parts could be digitally stored for 3D printing

VTT suggests 5% of all spare parts could be digitally stored for 3D printing

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, a technological research organisation serving both the public and private sector, has completed research on the advantages of digitalising and 3D printing spare parts. The findings of the research, suggests that digitalisation could create a “competitive advantage” for businesses. The reasons given include increased availability, cost savings, customisation and “part intelligence.” The study was undertaken together with Aalto University (behind 3D printing food vending machines ) and funded by Tekes’ Industrial Internet programme. Replacing pare part warehouses Spare parts are traditionally stored in warehouses and maintaining these vast physical locations is costly. […]

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