- They "can produce a shoe model in two hours, or nearly 30 times faster than an ABS printer"
- "Eliminate eight annual trips to Asia for design consultations at a cost of up to $12,000 per person for each trip"
- "Cut tooling costs from $350,000 in 2006 to $150,000 in 2008 by using ZPrinted models to winnow designs"
- "Transform the way the company does business by bringing 3D shoe models to key accounts and producing models on demand"
- "New prototypes in hours and cutting weeks off our design cycle"
That sounds like almost $300,000 in concrete expense savings, and an unknown amount of labor savings that could amount to much more. Of course, that's only one side of the equation: what did Converse have to spend to get those savings?
They'd probably have had to do these things:
- Acquire the ZCorp 3D printers
- Design the new work process to efficiently use the printers
- Train staff to use the new process and tools
- Acquire printer consumables as needed
Sounds like a pretty good deal to me, and as Bryan Cioffi, Manager of Digital Product Creation says: "the airfare savings alone have more than paid for the machine and materials"