Toyota may have made lean manufacturing popular, but smaller manufacturing businesses are starting to embrace it as well. Max Friefeid, CEO of 3D printing company Voodoo manufacturing, says US companies should embrace lean strategies. "The truth is, said Friefeld, shipping from China and warehousing products that may or may not sell is costly and adds significant time to the innovation cycle — whereas just-in-time manufacturing speeds up the innovation process and avoids the costs and uncertainty of storing inventory." These techniques can be scaled for any size manufacturing business, small to big!
Technology like 3-D printing is getting more affordable and accessible by the day, so it seems almost inevitable that it would start to have an impact on manufacturing and production for consumer retail, but Voodoo Manufacturing CEO Max Friefeld says it’s not happening yet, and it likely won’t occur in a big way until the industry settles a bit from the digital shakeup. Still, for some, 3-D printing is making a huge difference for businesses — specifically, the difference between having a business and not. For others, the ability to outsource 3-D printing to a partner like Voodoo has enabled them to scale and introduce new product lines that weren’t possible when they were running productions entirely from their living room. Read More