3D Printing

Dassault and Accenture collaborate to harness digital technologies for Agile Manufacturing Solutions



The 3DExperience company and world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock up and Product Life Cycle solutions , Dassault Systemes has teamed up with Accenture to build a proof of concept (PoC) in order to show how digital technologies can improve efficiency and create more agile manufacturing in industries such as heavy industrial equipment and aerospace.

agile picture 1.jpg

3D Printed Aerospace bracket which can be created from agile manufacturing

The collaboration is building and implementing a three-phase solution that harnesses digital technologies by creating links between engineering and manufacturing shop floors for non-repetitive manufacturing companies. A new level of continuity for product assembly including the sequence in which parts are built is provided by this adaptive solution which also provides a better level of insight into the process for engineers and the assembly staff.

In the three phase approach which uses Dassault Systèmes’ solutions, the first phase of the agile manufacturing solution creates the theoretical assembly sequence required to build a product such as a train, airplane or digger. Phase two helps create, optimize and re-plan quickly an operational plan and schedule for each worker on the shop floor. The third phase creates a digital display of the schedule for each worker so they are able to refer to it.

By replacing what has often been a paper-based process, Accenture and Dassault Systèmes are creating a solution that provides a new digital link between the engineering team and the shop floor, allowing for real-time changes in the schedule. As a result of the agile manufacturing solution there is insight and risk assessment into any proposed changes to a product or the assembly schedule before they are made, greatly reducing down-time and creating more agile manufacturing.

agile 3d example.png

Illustration of Agile Manufacturing with 3D printing


“Many companies struggle to improve manufacturing flexibility and sustain unexpected commercial or technical changes when production issues, missing parts or engineering modifications occur,” said Eric Schaeffer, senior managing director and head of Accenture’s Industrial practice.  “A dedicated agile manufacturing solution will provide flexibility for configuration management and the ability for local plants to personalize products, as well as support for maintenance services.”

“The Industrial Internet of Things and other digital concepts are allowing manufacturers to embark on a new era of productive, sustainable and cost-effective processes that result in a better experience for their customers,” said Laurent Blanchard, Executive Vice President, Global Field Operations (EMEAR), Worldwide Alliances and Services, Dassault Systèmes.  “We are extending our long-standing collaboration with Accenture to drive agile manufacturing in the age of experience. Companies can benefit from Dassault Systèmes’ expertise in virtual manufacturing operations and data management applications and Accenture’s best practices in integration services, business process re-engineering, change management and deployment.”