New features empower manufacturers to secure qualified new business and better design parts for manufacturability
3Diligent, a leading Industry 4.0 software company and on-demand manufacturing provider, today announced updates to its manufacturing-as-a-service application, ProdEX, and its scalable shop management application, Shopsight.
3Diligent’s ProdEX application utilizes proprietary algorithms to assess Requests for Quote (RFQs) submitted by users and issues quotes or connects them with manufacturers all over the world. Its Shopsight application provides users access to project opportunities from ProdEX and enables remote assessment, quoting, and project management. Both systems incorporate 3Diligent’s Connect interface which enables customers and manufacturers to communicate directly using a secure online portal and Zoom videoconferencing tools.
Advertising in "Connect"
3Diligent’s latest update introduces manufacturers to the ability to advertise within the Connect interface. Its RFQ-driven ad serving addresses one of the key pain points manufacturers struggle with when advertising online. Similar to traditional search engine marketing, manufacturers can create text ads that will display based on a customer’s material and technology requirements. However, unlike traditional search engines, Connect is driven by RFQ inputs rather than keywords. As a result, manufacturers can expect higher ROI from Connect advertising. This level of customization will also empower ProdEX Connect users seeking qualified manufacturers for their product requirements.
3Diligent’s ProdEX and Shopsight applications have also been updated to include a Design Studio portal, enabling users to better develop new products. Users can upload their design files and request a collection of design for manufacturing studies to be run on their design. With these studies, users can identify ways to improve their design to accelerate manufacturing and reduce costs. The manufacturing processes included in the design studio portal span milling, turning, sheet metal bending and forming, and injection molding, with additional manufacturing processes to be added in the future.
"3Diligent has introduced two major features to enhance the experience of those looking to get something manufactured through ProdEX or those doing the manufacturing in Shopsight. These enhancements will facilitate faster product development and more fruitful manufacturing connections," said Cullen Hilkene, founder and chief executive officer of 3Diligent.
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the manufacturing industry, accelerating the adoption of Industry 4.0 solutions as manufacturers move quickly to digitize their operations to operate more efficiently and stay connected with customers. In turn, customers have had to adjust to a fully remote product development process as they focus on building a more resilient supply chain. 3Diligent’s ProdEX and Shopsight applications enable users to overcome roadblocks presented by the pandemic by empowering users to harness the full power of distributed digital manufacturing. The new features announced today increase functionality by enabling greater connectivity between manufacturers and customers and providing tools that empower an entirely remote product design process.
For a limited time, ProdEX DFM studies and Shopsight Connect add-ons are available at a steeply discounted introductory rate. To learn more about ProdEX and sign up for a free ProdEX account visit 3Diligent.com/ProdEX. Manufacturers interested in utilizing the Shopsight software and accessing ProdEX job opportunities should sign up for a free Shopsight trial at 3Diligent.com/Shopsight.
3Diligent is a leading Industry 4.0 software and services company. Founded in 2014, 3Diligent empowers its users to embrace and unleash the power of distributed digital manufacturing with its proprietary Vulcury digital manufacturing platform. The Vulcury platform consists of three applications: ProdEX, Shopsight, and 3Depot. ProdEX is an algorithm-based manufacturing-as-a-service application that enables engineers and buyers to procure custom parts on-demand from manufacturers around the globe. Shopsight is a subscription-based, scalable shop management system that enables better job and machine shop operations through a suite of assessment, quoting, fulfillment, and quality tools. 3Depot is a digital manufacturing materials and processes search tool that provides information on thousands of materials and equipment. Lastly, 3Diligent offers a range of Industry 4.0 consulting services, including custom installations of Vulcury platform, through its Additive Consulting offering. 3Diligent counts inventors, startups, SMBs, SMMs, and Fortune 500 enterprises among its customers. For more information, visit https://www.3diligent.com.
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