The future of spare parts lies in 3D Printing

The future of spare parts lies In 3D Printing

The Asia Pacific sector of the Swedish multinational home appliance manufacturer Electrolux recently partnered with Spare Parts 3D, a young Singapore-based tech start-up to conduct a feasibility study that aims to evaluate the on-demand and distributed production of spare parts.

Traditional Spare Parts Strategies Incurs Avoidable Costs

To support aftersales maintenance and repair, most big manufacturers keep stock of spare parts long after production of the corresponding appliances has ceased, a common after-sales service, often at the expense of high inventory costs. Not only do parts need to be kept in warehouses which generate labour cost and maintenance cost, some parts stay in the warehouse for a very long time and end up being scrapped. Additionally, production costs increase significantly when the parts can no longer be supplied through high-volume production site. Continue reading “The future of spare parts lies in 3D Printing”