Richard Waters and Andy Sharman | financial times | 25 june 2015
PA Consulting Group’s Tim Lawrence, a manufacturing expert, is quoted in an article in the Financial Times. The article looks at how a San Francisco start-up has become the latest outsider to try to challenge the automobile industry’s traditional approach to manufacturing. The start-up has come up with a “supercar” that relies on 3D printing for its central structural components.
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According to the article, microfactories using 3D printing among other techniques have started to attract the attention of entrepreneurs thanks to the rapidly falling costs of equipment.
Tim says: “The big advantage is its low capital intensity. The thing that costs huge amounts of money is setting up the manufacturing and assembly lines and the specialist tooling. 3D is additive — you’re not pressing into a tool — so you’re not needing as much of that capital equipment.”