Additive Manufacturing Case Study


GOPROTO’S DIGITAL WAREHOUSING ELIMINATES INVENTORY COSTS TO ALLOW FOR A LEAN AND AGILE SUPPLY OPERATION.

CHALLENGE: Ropes Edge is an American start-up company dedicated to supplying innovative safety equipment that protects rope from hazardous abrasive edges used in rescue and rigging systems.
Dirk Dorenbros, owner of Ropes Edge, utilises HP MJF 3D Printing for both prototyping and Additive Manufacturing. Based in America, Dirk wanted to expand globally, without incurring distribution and warehouse expenses.

SOLUTION: GoProto’s 3D Printing Digital Manufacturing Network (DMN) provided Ropes Edge the freedom to manufacture in American and Australia. Providing economic feasibility and a broader global reach.

RESULT: Within Australia and America, GoProto produces parts on-demand using HP MJF 3D printers. And then ships directly to Ropes Edge’s customers – anywhere within Asia Pacific and America. Reducing Ropes Edge inventory costs and maintaining lean, agile supply operations.

Key Advantages:
  • Localised production using HP MJF 3D Printing.
  • Eliminates inventory.
  • No tooling expenses & shorter lead times using HP MJF 3D Printing.

“Hey Guys, Hope all is well! I just received the sheet metal parts and assembled them onto the prototype it belongs to and it’s perfect! Just wanted to let you know you guys did a great job!” — Daren Northcotte, Design Engineer – Sydney, NSW
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