Stratasys and multinational software company, SAP are establishing a global network of 3D printing co-innovation laboratories to educate people on the adoption of additive manufacturing as an integral part of the manufacturing production line.
Announced today the labs will target customers, employees and partners within the AM industry.
The collaboration will not only trust the AM expertise of Stratasys, but also SAP’s 40 years of experience. Digital manufacturing and co-innovation sites are currently being rolled out across France, Germany, South Africa, and Pennsylvania and California in the United States.
“SAP and Stratasys share a common vision of the tremendous value distributed manufacturing brings to customers’ supply chains,” said Pat Carey, senior vice president, Sales, North America, Stratasys. “Harnessing this potential fully requires that 3D printing be seamlessly integrated with enterprise workflows for certification, planning, procurement and production. By participating in this initiative, it’s now possible to combine SAP’s leadership in these areas with our premier 3D printing solutions and services ecosystem. We look forward to further driving 3D printing adoption with these co-innovation customers.”
The SAP Distributed Manufacturing application is intended to make 3D printing a valuable part of digital manufacturing by helping co-innovation customers and partners to transform the extended supply chain. Services related to SAP Distributed Manufacturing connect 3D printing to familiar business processes to help manufacturers achieve production and logistical cost savings and reduce complex supply chain issues.
The new 3D printing co-innovation facilities offered by SAP will provide an interactive learning and design thinking environment. It enables SAP customers, partners and employees to further develop and test active business cases and applications of the latest distributed manufacturing technology.
“Manufacturers and their suppliers and production partners increasingly recognise the potential of 3D printing in smart digital supply chain strategies that are optimised with unprecedented speed and efficiency,” said Hans Thalbauer, senior vice president, Extended Supply Chain and IoT, SAP. “SAP is fast building a co-innovation network with leaders like Stratasys that hare our vision for making connected, real-time distributed manufacturing a reality for our customers.”