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5 Benefits of Reshoring Manufacturing

Posted on: March 11th, 2015 by The Technology House

In recent years, the “reshoring” of jobs back to the U.S. has gathered momentum.  Because of this, the current trend is overturning the loss of manufacturing and its associated jobs to countries like China, Brazil, and India.

Below are a few of the main reasons of what is driving reshoring.

1.Automated Production
Replacement of overseas workers with automated factory robots in the U.S. is becoming more cost effective than ever before. In addition, jobs in departments that are complimentary to production are being created due to these technologies.

2. Rising Shipping Costs
One of the main reasons for the surge in outsourcing overseas was due to the lower-based wage costs. But this is only beneficial if it offsets other costs like shipping and handling. The rise in shipping and handling costs has dissolved some of the low-wage costs benefits.

3. Less Labor-Intensive Production
In recent years advanced manufacturing techniques, such as 3D printing, have allowed for some manufacturing to be less labor-intensive.  Parts can run for extended periods of time without anyone needed to oversee the build.  In some instances, some parts can be removed from the 3D printer and applied to its process with little to no secondary work.

4. Soaring Outsource Wages
In recent years, the wages for most factory works in previously low-cost countries has greatly increased. While this is beneficial to these workers and the class structure in these countries, the costs of the products produced also increases.  The overseas costs may be very similar to costs within the home country, thus losing some of the lower cost luster.

5.Logistic Lead Time
Large shipments of goods that take weeks to cross the oceans. The lead time for shipments can take longer due to unforeseen circumstances, such as customs or adverse weather. Product innovation can suffer due to the distance between the operations of the manufacturing process. Working with vendors close to home can allow better communication and efficiency for all stages of the manufacturing process.

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What FDM Part Density is Best for You?

Posted on: March 4th, 2015 by The Technology House

When printing Fuse Deposition Models (FDM) models, we can adjust the build density of the parts.  This is very beneficial for you because the parts can be better tailored to your needs.  Below are the three different densities that can be printed, and how they will be effective.

A solid part density will build the part as filled in as possible.  A part with a solid interior is the most common part density used.  A part with this density can be used for reasons such as: show models, fixtures, concept testing, and design review.

Fuse Deposition Models (FDM) Prototype solid part density

A substantial amount of material and time can be saved by using the Sparse interior modes. Having a sparse part density builds a part with a honey comb interior rather than solid. Unless the FDM part is being used in a high stress application, then the difference in strength will never be noticed.

Fuse Deposition Models (FDM) Prototype sparse part density

Double Dense
Although the name may be slightly misleading, Double Dense parts are in between the solid and sparse part density.  An FDM part with a double dense still has honey combed, but fills in the interior walls twice as much as a sparse density.  This density is beneficial because there are some cost savings due to less material being used, and the part can still be used for more high stress applications than sparse density.

Fuse Deposition Models (FDM) Prototype double dense part density


As you can see from the picture below, regardless of the part density, the exterior of the part is not affected.

Fuse Deposition Models (FDM) Prototype


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