Keys to adopting additive manufacturing in Costa Rica and Latin America
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As we know, the adoption of additive manufacturing in Costa Rica and Latin America has become an increasing reality in recent years. Many companies are already committed to integrating this technology into their operations due to lower prices, ease of use, and reduced production time for prototypes and end parts.
While events of the past year have slowed the adoption of this technology in many cases, it has also prevented additive manufacturing in Costa Rica and Latin America from developing further to reach its full potential.
The implementation of 3D technologies in production processes is of vital importance to many industries. It is relevant to consider that not all countries adopt the technological advances of Industry 4.0 at the same time. Despite this, many companies are undergoing a clear transition from using basic PLA machines to the production of parts with advanced materials. However, some Costa Rican and Latin American manufacturers do not invest in this type of professional machinery. This is because they do not know the steps that need to be taken to make the adoption of additive manufacturing technologies and techniques successful.
When to invest in additive manufacturing in Costa Rica and Latin America.
It is clear that, before the integration of an advanced technology solution, companies must choose the options that generate the most value and meet default quality standards.
José Manuel Sánchez, head of channel development at Sicnova, a Spain-based distributor of 3D printing solutions, comments: “When a manufacturing professional is able to detect a continuous improvement in his or her production processes and is seeking immediacy and localized manufacturing, as well as is finding the independence of third-party supplies, it is just the phase when those responsible for the organization should decide to invest in additive manufacturing equipment and 3D digitization”.
On the other hand, one of the key points is that companies in Costa Rica and Latin America must be open to the necessary changes to enter the process of digital transformation that allows them to compete with organizations that have already integrated these methods into their operations.
Also, performing an analysis of the current situation is essential to correctly choose the appropriate technological advisors who have the capability to detect what equipment is needed in each case. Professional and experienced consultants enable companies to determine the number of uses given to 3D printing in each of their manufacturing processes. Making this determination will facilitate companies’ reaping the benefits of this emerging technology.
The importance of training in the adoption of additive manufacturing technologies in Costa Rica and Latin America.
Another critical aspect of utilizing new technologies is the acquisition of knowledge and skills related to production methods. Intending to promote the adoption of 3D manufacturing in Costa Rica and Latin America, Sicnova recently launched a program entitled “Accelerating the implementation of additive manufacturing.” It is comprised of a series of online seminars that address many of the questions that usually arise during the early stages of implementing the integration of 3D printing. Thus far, manufacturing professionals from Costa Rica, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil have registered to view these informational webinars. The themes discussed are very varied, covering the essential aspects that professionals face when optimizing their production processes. as well as their hardware, software, materials, and 3D manufacturing and digitization applications.
José Manuel Sánchez concludes: “In this part of the world, there is currently a growing interest and a demand for knowledge on the topics related to 3D technologies.” Over the next several years, we can anticipate the proliferation of additive manufacturing technologies in Costa Rica and Latin America.
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