Bureau Veritas Launches 3D Printing Supply Chain Solution
~ Comprehensive solution focused around performance, compliance & trust ~
Hong Kong, 14 May, 2015 - With the recent explosion in 3D printing, Bureau Veritas has launched a suite of services to support the supply chain from raw material supplier to 3D printer manufacturers. The use of 3D printers is becoming increasingly varied; current uses include medical devices, food, fashion accessories, automotive parts, homeware design, building construction as well as customized toys that scan facial features and print personalized characters. However, with new technology come challenges, especially around performance, compliance and trust. This is exactly where Bureau Veritas’ solution comes in.
One of the core services Bureau Veritas provides is a performance / reliability test service. This simulates real life workload scenarios, identifies problems and allows the manufacturer to amend the design and reduce the likelihood of returns through failure in the field. Bureau Veritas’ global lab network and international approvals team also supports manufacturers in assessing the performance of wireless module integration as well as chemical & electrical safety requirements and can help facilitate access to over 150 countries worldwide. They are also developing a comparison test for large scale users such as retailers or manufacturers that benchmarks printers against customizable performance criteria.
Another key area of concern for many retailers or consumers is the chemical safety of the product that is printed. In support of this, Bureau Veritas has developed a suite of chemical testing services addressing markets worldwide that verifies the chemical safety of the raw material as well as a factory chemical management system assessment scheme to demonstrate excellent chemical controls.
Chris Baird, Director of Global Marketing at Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services commented, “3D Printing is having an impact on all of our current businesses, indeed we are already planning for the advent of 4D printing. However, with the growing maturity of the 3D Printing market and increasing usage scenarios, the supply chain is facing different challenges, which Bureau Veritas’ new 3D Printing solution can overcome. Our global network, knowledgeable staff and comprehensive service portfolio enables us to be the partner of choice for all players within the 3D Printing supply chain who are looking to deliver performance, compliance and trust.”
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