Manufacturing and Supply Chain Expert Lisa Anderson, MBA, CSCP, CLTD, President of LMA Consulting Group Inc., shares her thoughts on 3D printing.


Whether you’re a mass clothing company crafting the latest fashions or a mid-sized facility baking and packing bread for local bakeries, manufacturing ERP software can streamline production, keep all eyes on your supply chain and provide compliance adherence. It’s also critical to invest in technology-based manufacturing trends to maintain your competitive edge and boost your KPIs.

Many manufacturing industries saw significant growth in 2021: Beer, heavy-duty trucks, automobile engines and parts, and respiratory ventilators and medical devices. The COVID-19 pandemic substantially impacted medical devices and respiratory ventilators because of the hospitals’ high demand to keep their patients alive. The pandemic has also, directly and indirectly, trickled down into other industries and subsets.

However, you don’t want to invest in every trend you see because it’s popular or your colleagues use them. Like software, if the trend doesn’t mesh with your practices, it’ll cause friction and harm instead of helping revenue. We took the time to craft a solid list of these technological innovations and received opinions from manufacturing experts. Before we begin, let’s examine popular processes and growing industries.

There are several processes manufacturers consider when they craft products. Some companies may implement more than one.

3D printing is considered the sixth primary manufacturing process for numerous reasons. It can produce parts and models much more swiftly than waiting to receive them from other facilities. You also reduce waste.

We asked Lisa Anderson, founder and president of LMA Consulting Group Inc., to weigh in on how 3D printing turns production on its head


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