voxeljet has announced the formation of a new joint venture with logistics expert Andreas Schmid. Digital Supply Chain Solutions (DSCS) merges areas of supply chain management and industrial 3D printing, in order to help companies optimize and digitize their production processes. Further, the Munich-based company GmbH will act as a strategic cooperation partner of the joint venture.
DSCS supports the customer with experts who investigate processes and inventories searching for possibilities of integrating additive technologies. This enables the identification of components that can be produced more efficiently using 3D printing. Once these have been identified, 3D printing helps to produce these components or prototypes. This end-to-end process ensures that the production chain is tailored to achieve sustainable profitability.
By using 3D printing technology and intelligent supply chain management, manufacturing and logistics costs are reduced to a minimum. Distribution on a global scale can also benefit from time savings due to the shortened value-added chain. While components with simple structures continue to be mass-produced, parts with complex geometries can be printed in small series, if required.