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Ideate new value propositions and productivity solutions with 3D printing, asses their feasibility and ROI and build a strategic plan to develop and deliver these solutions.



your value proposition with an additive innovation strategy

8 - 10 weeks

3D printing is widely seen as a pivotal innovation technology; a key driver for businesses to stay ahead of the competition, deliver new products and amaze customers.


But leveraging the power of 3D printing to innovate new value propositions can be daunting.  For all the unique capabilities of 3D printing, most organisations don't know where and how to begin leveraging these advantages.

At RETHINK, we combine our deep 3D printing knowledge, industry experience and unique additive innovation methodologies to help you form strong, coherent and long term additive innovation and growth strategies. 


Not only will we train your organisation in additive innovation thinking, we will work with your teams to ideate unique value propositions, identify opportunities, validate their value and feasibility, and construct strategic plans to ensure your great ideas for 3D printing, become brilliant business initiatives.

why should you develop an additive innovation strategy?

Is a lack of 3D printing technical or commercial knowledge putting a brake on your innovation ambitions?

Do you want to create market-leading propositions, but not sure where to start, or what's possible?

Finding it difficult to shift patterns of thinking within your innovation culture and want to explore new possibilities?

Are you looking to shift from one-off 3D printing initiatives towards a longer-term, holistic additive innovation strategy?


turning great 3D printing ideas, 

into a brilliant business plan


turning your teams into

additive innovators

Teams from across your organisation will learn to become additive innovators.  They will learn the basics of additive innovation thinking and taught how to use a variety of our innovation tools and frameworks.  So when we step away, your newly trained in-house additive innovators will step up to champion innovation and drive initiatives across your business now and into the future.


ideating 3D printing concepts and

building robust business plans

Combining our 3D printing insight and unique additive innovation tools with your teams deep understanding of your business, we generate hundreds of 3D printing concepts that drive business value.  From there,  we work in teams using a variety of business planning tools specially designed for 3D printing to build robust business cases that demonstrate the value, cost, feasibility and ownership of your solutions.   


technical and economic validation of your additive concepts

Many 3D printing innovations often stall due to a lack of technical and economic understanding.  To ensure your 3D printing concepts are as viable as they are valuable, we conduct a multi-pronged study to measure the technical and economic feasibility of your 3D printing concepts, highlighting potential barriers, economic implications and most effective production configurations.


a long term roadmap to support your new innovation strategy

Taking a 3D printing innovation from post-it to production can be wrought with challenges.  Armed with robust development roadmaps, initiative charters and partnership recommendations that support your newly minted additive innovation projects, you can benefit from knowing exactly what lies ahead in your journey and bring your additive innovation to reality as quickly as possible with minimal risk and resistance.


meaningful innovation isn't miraculous, it's 


Innovation is often seen as a mysterious art, when in reality it is a practical science.  At RETHINK, we have developed our own science for innovation specific to 3D printing, incorporating the best of modern innovation theory with a strong dose technological knowledge and economic realism.

Once we have defined your short and long term objectives for your additive innovation strategy, we "fill the funnel" by collaboratively ideating concepts for 3D printing, drilling down towards your final portfolio of high-value, well-defined additive innovation initiatives.

Assessing each of your top initiatives against a set of technological, economic and production criteria to score their feasibility, we finally map your initiatives to an innovation roadmap, highlighting synergies, partnerships and detailing discrete action items required for you to take your new additive innovations from concept to reality.

stage 1

Define your innovation ambition

Understanding your expectations of 3D printing is key to ensuring the outcomes of the project are relevant and aligned to your business.  We determine this through various methods.

> A Transformation Audit 

> Stakeholder interviews 

> Survey analysis

> Industry benchmarks

stage 2

ideation and co-creation workshops

Bringing together teams in engaging on-site workshops, we explore how additive can innovate your business, working together to ideate concepts and build detailed business cases using our proprietary innovation tools.

> Exploring 3D printing innovation

> Additive opportunity scoping

> Ideation and co-creation

> Business case generation

stage 3

synthesis and prioritisation

From the extensive number of concepts generated, we apply a series of down-selection methodologies to identify underlying patterns of innovation and prioritise concepts by a number of different business metrics.​

> Synergy analysis

> Portfolio matrix assessment 

> Stakeholder scoring

stage 4

technology & economics analysis

Combining our proprietary analysis  and database tools along with our extensive technology knowledge, we asses each of your top concepts to determine the best 3D printing technology-fit. 

> Functional requirement analysis

> Viable material selection

> Optimal hardware configuration

> Unit and production economics

> Gap analysis and investments

stage 5

additive innovation roadmap development

So that you can take your additive innovations from concept to reality, we formulate your initiatives into a singular additive innovation strategy, containing the strategic and tactical steps needed to launch your additive concepts.

> Development and

   deployment roadmaps

> Project charters

> Partner mapping

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the full potential of 3D printing?

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