SAP, a Software developer, launches an early access program for its SAP Distributed Manufacturing application, which it announced last year partnered with UPS to set up an expansive on-demand 3D printing network.
The early access program is expected to give its new customers a taste of SAP and UPS’s digital manufacturing solution, with a goal to establish and promote 3D printing and on-demand manufacturing as “an integral part of the digital manufacturing landscape.”
This Distributed Manufacturing early access program will be offered to a number of businesses, like discrete manufacturers, industrial 3D printing companies and services, materials suppliers, global logistics networks, postal companies, and many more.
As per the reports, the early access program will offer the businesses “standard and scalable business processes for digitizing, approving, certifying, and manufacturing digital parts in an end-to-end digital manufacturing process.”
An early access program has been introduced as a part of SAP’s recently launched Leonardo IoT portfolio, which determines to help customers bridge the gap between intelligent device, clients, and business processes.
Moog, Inc., a U.S. designer and manufacturer of control systems and motion and fluid controls is supposed to be utilizing the Distributed Manufacturing early access program with SAP. Gonzalo Rey, CTO of Moog, Inc., said in a statement, “At Moog, we are both suppliers and consumers of additive manufacturing as a service. Our collaboration with SAP is accelerating the development of the tools necessary to find the best candidates for 3D printing. As a service, these tools can help accelerate the adoption process for everyone.”
Currently SAP is working together with 28 co-innovation companies, but is planning to expand its program to offer more businesses the chance to use its Distributed Manufacturing application.
The companies who are participating in SAP’s early access program will have the opportunity to rethink product design, optimize manufacturing and logistics processes, and create new business models, all to help push innovation further. As per SAP its partners will be also benefited from the chance to “right size” their inventories for certain slower-moving parts while still maintaining customer time restraints, and be able to produce custom, high-quality goods more easily and for lower costs.