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Additive Manufacturing: How 3D Printing will Revolutionize MRO.

Timothy W. Simpson, Ph.D. is a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at Penn State University and the co-director of the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D), a DARPA-funded manufacturing demonstration facility for additive manufacturing (www.cimp-3d.org).  His research and teaching interests include product family and product platform design, design innovation and entrepreneurship, and additive manufacturing, and he has authored more than 250 technical publications and edited 2 textbooks in these areas.

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Today's pace of change does not conform to yesterday's methods or business cultures. In this blog post, SDI explores the dynamics of internal colleagues as well as rapid changes in terms of market disruptions and technology advances. 

The project team has worked its way through Define, Measure, Analyze, and Improve. It’s time to begin the Control phase. The key stakeholders gather to evaluate the solution as implemented and create a plan to sustain the improvements. The goal is to standardize the improved processes, establish an audit schedule and schedule periodic follow-up to identify additional opportunities for improvement.