The initiative is in conjunction with charter co-innovation partner Stratasys Ltd., the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company. Digital manufacturing and co-innovation sites are currently being rolled out across Paris; Johannesburg; Walldorf, Germany; and Newtown Square, Pa., and Palo Alto, Calif.
"SAP and Stratasys share a common vision of the tremendous value distributed manufacturing brings to customers' supply chains," said Pat Carey, senior vice president, sales, North America, Stratasys. "Harnessing this potential fully requires that 3D printing be seamlessly integrated with enterprise workflows for certification, planning, procurement and production."
The SAP distributed manufacturing application is intended to make 3D printing a valuable part of digital manufacturing by helping co-innovation customers and partners to transform the extended supply chain. Services related to SAP distributed manufacturing connect 3D printing to familiar business processes to help manufacturers achieve production and logistical cost savings and reduce complex supply chain issues. The new facilities will provide an interactive learning and design thinking environment, SAP says, to enable customers, partners and employees to further develop and test active business cases and applications of the latest distributed manufacturing technology.
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