Industrial Japanese companies are often portrayed as investors in AM companies. We often forget that they also collaborate with AM companies in Europe and the USA to advance AM applications across vertical industries. The latest addition to this is the tie-up of Japanese aviation technology service provider AeroEdge with California-based manufacturing network company 3DOS.
The two companies will be working together to develop a new AM platform that helps in the expansion of the 3D printing ecosystem, building on the 3DOS earlier experience of creating the largest manufacturing blockchain network. Last year, 3DOS shared more about its ambitious goal to build the “world’s largest on-demand manufacturing network” on blockchain. As a reminder, the problem 3DOS aims to address is the slow supply chain process, from design to production, to delivery.
AeroEdge will work with the US company to make the decentralized manufacturing platform developed by 3DOS available to the Japanese additive manufacturing market.
AM companies in Japan can use the AM platform for
- On-demand printing of 3D printed parts
- Monitor their 3D printers in real time
- Protect confidential information with the help of digital technologies
Through this collaboration AeroEdge is trying to create an on-demand and low-cost supply chain in the manufacturing with the help of AM technologies. The 3DOS AM platform has been developed by MIT, Harvard and Duke research teams along with NASA and AeroEdge believes that these could be implemented for the Japanese AM industry if research institutes and manufacturing partners of the country join in.
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