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3Diligent expands manufacturing-as-a-service suite

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3Diligent expanded its leading manufacturing-as-a-service (MaaS) application, ProdEX, and its scalable shop management application, Shopsight. These applications respectively connect additive manufacturing service providers with clients and enable remote assessment, quoting and project management. These applications run through 3Diligent’s Connect interface: advertisers and customers can request a quote via ProdEX and management workflow through Shopsight. Connect thus serves as a gateway to Industry 4.0. It combines the software packages and uses a secure online portal and Zoom’s videoconferencing tools to connect manufacturers and customers directly.

3Diligent situates itself as an automated broker with its MaaS portfolio. ProdEX stands at the center of this suite of applications. It uses an algorithm to bring engineers and buyers together to procure custom parts on-demand from manufacturers. The application gives engineers and buyers the benefit of international expertise without them having a sprawling international corporate structure. Shopsight is a subscription-based, scalable shop management system that enables better job and machine shop operations through a suite of assessment, quoting, fulfillment and quality tools. 3Depot, the final tool, indexes users’ digital manufacturing materials and processes (with users’ consent, of course). The tool links local inventories with global demand. The company also provides consulting services.

3Diligent's ProdEX application
3Diligent’s ProdEX application

The announced expansion to ProdEX and Shopsight allows manufacturers to more directly present their offerings to potential customers. The Connect interface that unites 3Diligent’s tools now offers a request-for-proposal-driven pairing system. Manufacturers advertise their offers, and the system pairs these offers with customer-driven RFQs. Customers will be able to search RFQ inputs instead of keywords, which gives manufacturers the potential for greater returns on investment by using 3Diligent’s platform. Customers save time when working in ProdEX because they will be more efficiently paired with manufacturers.

ProdEX and Shopsight have also been updated to include a Design Studio portal. The software lets users in the 3Diligent platform better develop new products. Users can upload their design files and request a collection of designs for manufacturing studies to be run on their design. With these studies, users can identify ways to improve their design to accelerate manufacturing and reduce costs. The manufacturing processes included in the design studio portal span milling, turning, sheet metal bending and forming, and injection molding, with additional manufacturing processes to be added in the future.

The company is offering these updated manufacturing-as-a-service products at discounted rates as an introductory incentive for a limited time.

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Adam is a legal researcher and writer with a background in law and literature. Born in Montreal, Canada, he has spent the last decade in Ottawa, Canada, where he has worked in legislative affairs, law, and academia. Adam specializes in his pursuits, most recently in additive manufacturing. He is particularly interested in the coming international and national regulation of additive manufacturing. His past projects include a history of his alma mater, the University of Ottawa. He has also specialized in equity law and its relationship to judicial review. Adam’s current interest in additive manufacturing pairs with his knowledge of historical developments in higher education, copyright and intellectual property protections.

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