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Ashley Furniture Uses 3D Printing & Robotics in Manufacturing Processes

Founded in 2005, Wisconsin-headquartered Ashley Furniture is a company known globally, beginning in 1970 with 35 employees, and growing now to over 900 stores. Ashley facilities manufacture over 300,000 pieces of furniture a week—and as operations move at a rapid pace, they not only focus on efficiency but also continued improvement and the ability to think of unique solutions to problems that may be typical. Factories rely on robots for some jobs, but 3D printing has ‘trickled onto the factory floor and gradually reorganized manufacturing processes from fabrication to assembly, continuing in line with their commitment to staying competitive and embracing progressive technologies, as well as combining them. “If we don’t have that culture of change, that’s going to start to prohibit our growth. We have to be willing to identify what that change is going to be, and figure out how to best incorporate that into our processes […]

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