3D printing service company CloudDDM introduces same-day shipping for 3D printed parts out of their 3D printing factory operating at UPS Worldport.
The company launched their automated factory with 100 3D printers and only 3 employees back in May this year. UPS handles all of the packaging and shipping logistics and had taken a minority stake in CloudDDM through the UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund.
“For product designers and manufacturers, the success or failure of a project can come down to how quickly they can get their prototypes and end-use parts produced, and delivered,” states CloudDDM Cofounder and CEO, Mitch Free. “CloudDDM has started offering same-day shipping in an effort to provide customers with the responsiveness they need to stay competitive, meet critical deadlines, and get products to market faster.”
The company currently offers 3D printed parts in ABS, Polycarbonate, Polycarbonate-ABS and ULTEM 1010.
“Every aspect of our digital factory was designed for speed,” Free adds. “First, from the moment a user submits a print job to our automated production system the priority (or desired lead-time) is checked against our production queue. Orders specified as one business day are automatically routed to the front of the queue and begin printing immediately. Once printed, our automated system routes the part(s) throughout the rest of the process from finishing to packaging and shipment. For shipping, our factory is plugged directly into the logistics system at UPS Worldport, which not only allows us to quickly move from printer to plane, it also gives us an extra six hours of production time per day. As a result, most small part orders and low volume production runs can be shipped same-day.”