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Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Strategy

Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Strategy


The manufacturing business objectives potentially affected by rapid prototyping technologies are:

throughput time: for example, by helping to eliminate or speed up bottleneck processes;

flexibility to support product development: for example, by being quickly able to develop models, prototypes and tooling;

unit costs: for example, by reducing the costs traditionally associated with customising products;

delivery to schedule: for example, by exploiting time savings to manufacture products faster to meet due date promises;

labour productivity: for example, by eliminating time-consuming processes involved in making models and tooling;

flexibility to introduce new products: for example, by being able to quickly create new tooling for new products;

flexibility to customise products: for example, by developing specific tooling for each customer;

flexibility to change product specification: for example, by being able to quickly modify or create new tooling in response to specification changes; and

flexibility to change production volumes: for example, by being able to quickly create additional tooling in response to increased demand.

These are just a few examples of strategic issues discussed in the Management Report



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