CREATE CUSTOMISABLE PRODUCTS
Our world is full of compromises, and many of these are due to economies of scale. Digital design and manufacturing has the potential to dramatically shift that paradigm. Why should your customer compromise and adapt to work around your standard product? Why not offer a product which the customer can tailor to their needs?
With Additive Manufacturing the classic economics of production are turned on their head. With no tooling necessary, the biggest barrier to customisation is removed, but it isn't the only one. The amount of engineering effort required to adapt a product for a specific customer is a huge barrier to customisation, or at least it was...
APWORKS offers a powerful development, verification and validation approach, coupled with efficient automation. Thanks to our Genome toolset we can help our customers to deliver customised products in markets where it was previously not viable.
During the development phase we define and validate the product across the extremes of the design envelope, in close collaboration with our customers.
The first step is understanding the function and requirements. What is driving the need for customisation or individualisation? What are the functional requirements and how will we verify that they are met?
Developing a customisable product is challenging because it requires us to anticipate inter-dependencies between design and manufacturing variables, but it is also an incredibly powerful way to add value for the customer.
Automation is the key to making customisable products viable.
We use the Genome framework to link the processes between the specification and the manufacturing data generation for the various production steps.
With automation of these processes we can handle each custom part in production in an efficient way without manual intervention, which is essential to enable a cost effective product.
Our Genome web-based front end platform enables us to deploy your configurable product via an online configurator. This can either be a stand-alone site utilising our 3D cad-like configurator with built-in user registration and payment system, or it can be integrated with your existing web shop system via our API.
When your customer places a verified order, it automatically launches our production workflow. No e-mails, no phone-calls.
Once an order is placed and verified, the Genome platform places the order request, including the automatically generated production data, into our production workflow.
We produce the custom parts and ship them to your customer according to your specifications, including packaging.