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Case Study: Nexa3D Improves Productivity with OpenBOM

By June 8, 2022July 18th, 2023No Comments

Nexa3D is passionate about digitizing supply chain sustainably. The company makes ultrafast polymer 3D printers that deliver 20X productivity advantage, affordable for professionals and businesses of all sizes. Partnerships with world-class material suppliers unlock the full potential of additively manufactured polymers for volume production. Automated software tools optimize the entire production cycle using process interplay algorithms that ensure part performance and production consistency while reducing waste, energy, and carbon footprints.

Challenge

  • Replace Excel to better manage their complex Bill of Materials (BOMs)
  • Find a reliable tool for maintaining and sharing their BOMs across their organization from engineering to procurement

Solution

  • Chose OpenBOM solution to integrate their BOM management process – required minimal maintenance without dedicated IT team
  • Contacted Razorleaf for initial data loading of SOLIDWORKS and Excel BOM data to create accurate BOMs for a product record master in OpenBOM

Business Benefits

  • Increased productivity by 10 – 15% by moving from a manual process to automating the BOM process, thus reducing the time and effort
  • Better managed different revisions and change management resulting in an increase in quality by reducing manual errors

Nexa3D Needs to Share BOM Data Across the Organization

Nexa3D was experiencing problems with managing their product Bills of Materials (BOMs) in Excel. Nexa3D used SOLIDWORKS and PDM Professional from SOLIDWORKS to manage engineering data for their product definition. However, because their product BOMs contain more than Nexa3D components in CAD, they needed a separate tool for maintaining and sharing their BOMs. As needs expanded, Excel proved not a great tool for managing this dynamic information. Their product BOM is quite complex, and multiple departments (engineering, production, purchasing, and finance teams) edited this information. It was critical to collaborate on the BOM data across the organization. SOLIDWORKS with PDM Pro would have been a logical place for the mechanical engineering team to manage this BOM data, but it was not straightforward for other teams, such as electrical engineers, to access or manage BOM data from that tool. At Nexa3D, not every component is modeled or defined in SOLIDWORKS as fit, form, and function for components, such as consumables, adhesives, and certain cables, which can be validated more effectively in physical builds.

We needed to add certain functionality to Excel for regulatory compliance, purchasing information, vendor data, and costs.
Unfortunately, it became unmanageable and restrictive in terms of permissions and who can edit and track the changes. Over time, it
became more problematic than helpful, and we outgrew Excel for a variety of business reasons.

Kenyon Whetsell,
Mechanical Engineering Director
Nexa3D

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