For over 20 years, the MultiSource Manufacturing network has worked to provide high-quality custom-made products from the ground up to OEMs and customers in a wide range of industries. A key component of building reliable, complete products for any industry is the prototyping process. With our multiple facilities, MultiSource is able to provide comprehensive product design services with advanced software and additive manufacturing capabilities. When you partner with the MultiSource network for your project today, you can trust our team to provide the best customer service, design, build, and assembly from start to finish, beginning with our dedicated 3D printing and rapid prototyping, ending with our additional specialized production locations.
Our team of expert, skilled engineers works with state-of-the-art 3D printing and machining equipment seamlessly directed with advanced computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software. Using this software and equipment, MultiSource engineers can create an exact virtual image of a part with geometric specifications and function simulation and then fully-realize the physical prototype for testing and customer approval.
The goal of MultiSource rapid prototyping procedures is not only to provide the quality design and production of a viable part, but also to promote our continued emphasis on and practice of Kanban manufacturing and Just-In-Time fulfillment.
Originally developed in Japan at the Toyota manufacturing facilities, Kanban is an early method of lean manufacturing. The word literally translates as “visual signals” or “signboards” because of the original procedure involving customers sending Kanban cards to manufacturers to request supplies, but the concept has expanded to encompass newer lean manufacturing practices. Today, Kanban works to limit waste and improve efficiency in production in a lean manufacturing process that operates based on OEM and customer demand. Our demand-based production benefits greatly from the paired rapid prototyping utilized across the MultiSource network, and without the speed and accuracy our prototyping teams provide, Kanban practices would be severely limited.
Like Kanban manufacturing, Just-In-Time fulfillment works as a lean manufacturing system to limit production waste and streamline operations. Where Kanban manufacturing organizes production around the direct request of customers, Just-In-Time fulfillment incorporates Kanban into a comprehensive cycle of design, fabrication, assembly, delivery, and integration. The concept of Kanban manufacturing and Just-In-Time fulfillment work together to provide a production system that meets demands with little to no unnecessary waste of materials, time, or energy. Our rapid prototyping services fit perfectly into the foundation of MultiSource’s support and practice of a full-fledged Kanban and Just-In-Time operation.
To learn more about our Kanban practices and Just-In-Time fulfillment with contract manufacturing, or to find out about our complete services for rapid prototyping, submit a request more information, or request a quote today.