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Saving Potential through Lean Supply Chain Management
Apium Additive Technologies has taken a decisive step to make industrial 3D printing with high-performance polymers, like PEEK, even more cost-effective
The FFF process, a technique that transforms materials from filament into the desired geometry by rapidly depositing layer upon layer of melted material, is inherently an efficient and inexpensive manufacturing method, due to the fact that almost 100% of the processed material makes the final part. This is in stark contrast to conventional manufacturing techniques where a large portion of the material is wasted, making Apium’s FFF technology the favourable manufacturing tool for small series production, prototypes, and custom parts.
Despite the cost benefits of the FFF process, PEEK itself is a high-priced material, which limits its use in manufacturing companies. Apium sought to address this and further enhance the economic efficiency of its additive manufacturing solution.
Cost Savings Through Supply Chain Management
By implementing lean supply chain management Apium is now able to offer its PEEK filament at a reduced price.
“The response towards our PEEK filament immediately after the market launch two years ago was astonishing. However, we quickly saw that the material should be cheaper to encourage its use within industries seeking to fabricate prototypes, spare parts, and small batches. Together with our supplier Ensinger GmbH, we performed a meticulous assessment of our SCM, which has resulted in the optimization of the manufacturing and delivery processes of our PEEK filaments.”
As a result, Apium was able to lower the price of PEEK filament by around 26% and is convinced of the ability to expand the fields of applications for PEEK 3D printing due to higher economic efficiency.
The Launch of Apium’s P155 High-Performance Polymer 3D Printer
The new Apium P155 can process PEEK as well as all other high-performance polymers from Apium and is equipped with optimized processes like the improved Apium Controlling Software and an optical process control to increase the print quality.
“To celebrate the delivery of our Apium P155, we are running a promotional offer, where for the next month, our customers will receive a discount of 25% to the already reduced price of our PEEK filament”, explained CEO Tony Tran-Mai.
Thanks to the savings made from the SCM optimization process and the current market situation the 500g spool of Apium PEEK filament is now available for 333€. Through the temporary discount until the 28th of February, caused by the launch of the Apium P155 3D printing system, the filament is available for 249€ and can be purchased online at www.apiumtec.com/de/shop/.
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