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Calculating ROI for the Formlabs Automation Ecosystem

In this whitepaper, we’ll walk through three manufacturing scenarios to explain cost per part and return on investment (ROI) calculations.

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  1. The Formlabs Automation Ecosystem
  2. Return on Investment: How to Calculate Costs for the Formlabs Automation Ecosystem
  3. Case Studies
  4. The Impact of Lower Cost Per Part and 24/7 Printing

The Formlabs Automation Ecosystem

The Formlabs Automation Ecosystem consists of the Form Auto hardware attachment, Fleet Control suite of software features available in PreForm and Dashboard, and the High Volume Resin System. Together, these products work with any Form 3/3+ and Form 3B/3B+ printer to automatically remove parts after printing, start new prints directly from the queue, and reduce the number of touches to minimize labor tasks.

Return on Investment: How to Calculate Costs for the Formlabs Automation Ecosystem

Having one precise calculation for return on investment (ROI) that can represent any situation is difficult. Variables such as part geometry, type of material, consistency of part demand, and cost of labor all change from business case to business case. Formlabs’ calculations for utilizing the Automation Ecosystem in our own production facility concluded that increasing the volume of parts did not require a commensurate increase in labor, thus the 80% labor savings cost reported. While reducing costs and increasing productivity at this rate are completely attainable goals, every business should conduct their own return on investment calculation before integrating the Automation Ecosystem into their workflow. 

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