Making the Case for Digital Investment in a Recession

Mrunmayee Honrao | July 14, 2022 | 900 views | Read time: 01:56 min
MAKING THE ARTICLE
Given the current state of the economy, industrial executives may be asking their CTOs, "Why do a digital transformation and risk diluting our margins when our EBIT numbers are excellent?"
  • Our competitors will do it if we do not.
  • Customers have requested it, and we must comply.
  • The world is becoming more digital, and we must adapt.
  • To increase our total addressable market, we must diversify our business portfolio.
  • All of these digital and technological investments have been made to support this strategy.

All of these are valid reasons to get started and keep going. However, there aren't enough to persuade a CEO and CFO to "swallow the fish “and invest in low-return innovations. This becomes even more complicated when your performance is exceptional and you are growing. Furthermore, most companies have reported record profits since the pandemic and are now facing what could be a major recession.

In the context of the impending economic slowdown, there is a better way to persuade these executives to support your digital initiatives and invest in recurring business models.

First, you must alter the overall narrative of your business cases and investment requests. Profitable growth must be prioritized over explosive growth at any cost or growth that is not supported by convincing evidence of success. SaaS providers and tech start-ups with a manufacturing component are currently facing an investment crunch and have begun to cut costs and focus on profit. So, referring to successful unicorns and the rule of 40, for example, would not be a clever idea today! Second, in order to make the case for investing in digital innovations, you must change the overall arguments.


Five critical considerations for your business case presentation:

  1. Maintain focus and reinforce the current business model
  2. Prioritize high-profit margin areas
  3. Concentrate on differentiation and high-value innovations
  4. Ascertain that your sales enablement program is well-executed
  5. Involve finance to obtain profit and loss projections

The pursuit of growth for the sake of growth is no longer an option. The new strategy is to grow to support the core and increase profitability. This may necessitate changes in the way your digital organization operates, is

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Article | June 2, 2022

Over the last few years, additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) has garnered much attention and appreciation, both from consumers and the manufacturing fraternity. 3D printing, which started as a prototyping technology, has come a long way since its inception. To put it in simple words, additive manufacturing (AM) is a game-changer for manufacturers of all sizes. Traditional ways of generating products such as machining, cutting, turning, shaping, milling, and other "subtractive" manufacturing processes can be supplemented, and in some circumstances, completely replaced, by additive manufacturing. When we look at the bigger picture, AM is transforming people’s lives, which includes but is not restricted to just medical advances, safer transportation, highways, or any other infrastructural developments. Manufacturers can now swiftly make mock-ups of a new product or a part to fulfill a specific market niche, which can lead to the production of high-profit margin products. When additive manufacturing is used from start to finish, the overall manufacturing process becomes even more streamlined. Given the advantages of AM, it's only natural that the technology would be used in the aerospace industry. According to MarketanndMarkets, aerospace 3D printing is expected to exceed $3 billion by 2022 due to the rising demand for lightweight 3D printed parts for aircraft engines. Here are some areas where AM is implemented in the aerospace industry. Constructing Rocket Bodies: Relativity Space is a California-based aerospace manufacturing firm that focuses on creating manufacturing technologies, launch vehicles, and rocket engines for commercial orbital launch services. Their Stargate manufacturing facility is known to house the world's largest 3D printers. These printers use direct energy deposition and patented alloys to make the outer bodies of their rockets. When compared to traditional launch vehicles, 3D printing allows them to quickly create integrated components with a 100-fold lower part count. This also reduces weight and increases reliability, both of which are critical to the economics of space launch. It further allows designers to explore numerous designs in a short time span and helps enhance the overall quality and arrive at a better design. Designing Rocket Engines: Rocket Lab is a public American aerospace company that specializes in small satellite launches. Their Rutherford rocket engine was first tested in late 2016, and over 200 of these game-changing variants have been manufactured since then. The combustion chambers, injectors, pumps, and main propellant valves of this engine were all 3D printed utilizing electron-beam melting. The resulting engine is simple, dependable, and light, weighing only 35 kg (77 lb), making it perfect for low-cost space launches. Their new Curie and HyperCurie thrusters, which operate outside Earth's atmosphere, are based on the same principles. Designing Astronaut Outfits: Additive manufacturing isn't just for making actual rockets; it may also be used to create improved, refined astronaut outfits. The costumes of SpaceX's crew were partially produced with additive manufacturing when they sent humans into space. Even though the company has kept much of the underlying technology under wraps, a source shared that the helmet was made by using 3D printing technology and it had integrated valves, visor retraction and locking mechanisms, and microphones built into the structure. Wrapping Up: The current pace of manufacturing and engineering really necessitates the need for everyone to invest in additive manufacturing.” Cory Larson WMEP Manufacturing Solutions Consultant – Automation & Cybersecurity, Registered Practitioner, CMMC-AB AM is also gaining traction in the commercial manufacturing and fabrication markets. Metal fabrication companies all around the world have begun to provide additive manufacturing solutions in addition to subtractive methods like CNC machining. 3D printing is swiftly becoming one of the cornerstones of the industry 4.0 movement due to its capacity to generate high-tolerance parts and rapid prototypes at a substantially reduced cost.

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The Rise of Industry 5.0: When Men and Machines Work Together

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With this modular approach, the rotating platform can be mated with a variety of printing technologies and can even accommodate pick-and-place robotic systems that can embed electronics or other features into the body of the component as it is printed. With this acquisition, 3D Systems will leverage its industry-leading polymer materials portfolio as well as Oqton’s software technology to bring true high-speed, mass production additive manufacturing to a breadth of industries including aerospace, automotive, foundries, consumer goods, and healthcare. “This acquisition is the next step in executing on our investment strategy to provide our customers with an industry-leading additive manufacturing solutions portfolio to address their critical applications challenges, dp polar has designed a very unique system that provides true high-volume production. The ability to print a broad range of materials, alongside the printer’s modular design that enables multiple processes in one high-speed platform not only increases productivity by orders of magnitude but also reduces the total cost of ownership. Particularly impressive is the level of machine intelligence embedded in the platform’s operating system, which enables continuous operation across the large, rotating print platform. This unique capability is central to the exceptional throughput, economics, and versatility of dp polar’s 3D printing system. By combining our renowned polymer materials portfolio with this first-to-market high-speed production technology, I believe we’ll affect a monumental shift in production workflows for high-value applications in industrial and healthcare markets.” -Dr. Jeffrey Graves, president and CEO, 3D Systems. The printing process designed by dp polar allows for simultaneous application of different materials to precisely define the desired performance properties in components – such as elasticity, hardness, temperature resistance, or coloring – with high precision. The high-speed additive manufacturing solution can integrate pre-processing, production, and post-processing elements, and seamlessly connects with ERP systems. This enables end-to-end traceability and quality assurance which is vital for applications in highly regulated markets such as aerospace and healthcare. “As the founder of dp polar GmbH, I am very excited about the unique opportunity to work with a leading provider of highly professional 3D printing systems, The synergy that results from the combination of our two companies is particularly valuable: the mass production solutions meet a range of industrially mature AM materials. With additive manufacturing, the industry is now getting the chance for real mass production for the first time.” -Hans Mathea, CEO, CTO and founder, dp polar GmbH. About 3D Systems: More than 35 years ago, 3D Systems brought the innovation of 3D printing to the manufacturing industry. Today, as the leading additive manufacturing solutions partner, we bring innovation, performance, and reliability to every interaction - empowering our customers to create products and business models never before possible. Thanks to our unique offering of hardware, software, materials, and services, each application-specific solution is powered by the expertise of our application engineers who collaborate with customers to transform how they deliver their products and services. 3D Systems’ solutions address a variety of advanced applications in healthcare and industrial markets such as medical and dental, aerospace & defense, automotive, and durable goods. About dp polar: Founded in 2014, dp polar is a dynamic, rapidly growing, technology-oriented company based closed to Karlsruhe/Germany. We design, develop and deliver 3D printing systems for additive mass manufacturing for industrial and healthcare applications. Using our patented High-Speed Rotative AM Process (HSR), we achieve unprecedented industrial AM productivity. We offer a comprehensive solution to automate and productively integrate additive manufacturing into the validatable end-to-end overall process. The complete documentation guarantees continuous traceability. Track-and-trace coding ensures the finished print object is forgery-proof at highest quality standard. Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo. We believe in thinking differently.

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