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VM Podcast S3E3: from additive mass production to lot size one

OECHSLER's Head of AM Andreas Knoechel discusses the latest projects from INSOLO insoles to the new online ordering system

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Mass production is the Eldorado of additive manufacturing. It is not easy to achieve and very few companies have been able to cost-effectively produce thousands and even millions of parts using AM technology. OECHSLER is one of them and the German company’s next challenge is to mass-produce custom products, leveraging lot size one capability. Welcome to a new VM Podcast episode.

VM Podcast S3E3: from additive mass production to lot size one: OECHSLER's Head of AM Andreas Knoechel discusses the latest projects
Andreas Knoechel, Head of Program Management Additive Manufacturing, OECHSLER

OECHSLER is a major manufacturer of polymer (and ceramic) parts for various key industries, including automotive and sportswear. The German company achieved several world firsts in terms of serial production after building multiple additive production facilities.

Under the leadership of Andreas Knoechel, Head of Program Management Additive Manufacturing, OECHSLER is now going to the next level, targeting “lot size one” and highly customized products. These include 3D printed insoles for the orthopedic market (and beyond), as well as multiple bike saddles. In addition, the company recently launched an advanced Online Ordering Platform, which empowers clients to place orders for 3D printed parts quickly and redefines the manufacturing landscape by combining technology and convenience.

In this VM Podcast, Mr. Koechel discusses OECHSLER’s greatest achievements in AM for production and how the company is now transitioning into the production of multiple small lots. He also provides details about how OECHSLER can customize the INSOLO insoles to meet the individual needs of each patient, considering material, size, and shape. He then offers more detail about the growing bike saddle production business and the most relevant products that are on the market today. Finally, we explore how the new online ordering platform enables OECHSLER to address the demand for smaller lot-size productions, with a look at other types of products that will be offered in the future.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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