What I learned from her presentation, that you should not only consider the manufacturing costs of a potential AM component. It matters how the component fits into the overall context of total cost of ownership (TCO).
Inspired by the presentation, I went right to work on an illustration. Ultimately, it is simply a new perspective on the resulting cost model, but one that can generate significantly more AM use cases.
Of course, the component still has to be attractive in terms of DfAM, performance and functional integration. Nevertheless, it will help to give the potential customer another push in the direction of Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes. How can we generate even more trust in the technology?
What is your opinion?