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Online Manufacturer supplies components for attaching batteries to e-mountain bikes of a global bicycle manufacturer

Components from FACTUREE get into gear with GHOST-Bikes

Berlin, 8 August 2022 – The world has seen a real boom in bicycles since the coronavirus pandemic – and those with gears are booming in particular. However, e-bikes require a complex design with a high level of precision. For an e-bike line of bicycle manufacturer GHOST-Bikes, the Online Manufacturer FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) supplies three key components in serial production. The parts are used to attach and stabilize the battery on the frame of the bicycle. The manufactured components also enable GHOST-Bikes to develop and implement functional technical solutions for prototyping within a very short time.

GHOST-Bikes was founded more than 25 years ago in Waldsassen, Germany, and has become a global company, producing over 150,000 bicycles annually. In addition to gravel and mountain bikes, its portfolio also includes mountain, city and trekking e-bikes. 

According to GHOST-Bikes GmbH, the complexity of the products in this field is steadily increasing, in particular due to the boom in the electric bicycle sector. At the same time, demand is increasing. GHOST-Bikes has therefore always looked for optimized manufacturing methods that are more efficient and cost-effective while maintaining very high quality. As a result of this, the company commissioned FACTUREE with the Online Manufacturing of various milled and turned parts, bent sheet metal parts, and individual parts in serial production, for example for their E-RIOT e-mountain bikes. The components are also used to support prototyping.

As an Online Manufacturing company, FACTUREE has access to a large manufacturing network of some 2,000 partners in nearly all areas – including CNC machining, sheet metal processing, 3D printing and surface technology. Around 15,000 machines are constantly available for projects. For GHOST-Bikes, one of the crucial criteria was the fact that FACTUREE can offer many different processes – from turning and milling to sheet metal processing and forging – from a single source and in serial production.

Co-founder and CMO of FACTUREE Benjamin Schwab states, “Some of the components we supply for GHOST-Bikes are bent parts for securely fastening batteries to bicycle frames, for example the battery track that helps prevent rattling while driving and keeps the battery secured to the frame. We also supply a forged part that serves as a connector between the kick stand and the bicycle frame.”

Favorable costs and supply times

Due to its online network, FACTUREE is able to have custom components manufactured with a high level of precision by specialized suppliers and to deliver them quickly. For every request, the most suitable manufacturer is selected and the appropriate manufacturing process recommended. All FACTUREE partner companies are subject to continuous, ISO 9001 certified, data-driven quality management. 

GHOST-Bikes chose FACTUREE because the Online Manufacturer ensures very short delivery times and offers all manufacturing techniques thanks to its large network of manufacturers. All components were manufactured quickly and demonstrated a high quality. In addition, the pricing and support were ultimately the deciding factors.

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 15000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

3D printing can lead to more flexibility and independence from global supply chains

FACTUREE reviews the role of additive manufacturing in re-regionalization

Berlin, 16 May 2022 – The re-regionalization of supply chains is gaining significance in the procurement crisis and can be supported by additive manufacturing. Due to a high level of automation and a relatively low ratio of labor to production costs, even industrialized, high-wage countries in the EU could manufacture more competitively and become more independent on an international level. This is the view of the Online Manufacturer FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) which has an extensive network of some 2,000 manufacturing partners from nearly all areas – currently the company is expanding its range in 3D metal printing, where it sees great potential for the industry, but also limitations.

Supply issues, long distances and material bottlenecks often lead to production delays. Additive manufacturing can counteract this difficulty, as parts can be manufactured locally on demand. Components made by additive manufacturing can thus help avoid supply bottlenecks. Just-in-time production also leads to savings, for example in storage costs, as parts can be manufactured using 3D printing when and where they are needed, eliminating the need to stockpile spare parts, for instance. 

“There are high hopes for additive manufacturing with respect to re-regionalization of manufacturing. However, it is not realistic to think we will quickly become independent. There are still too many economic dependencies. Furthermore, additive manufacturing has many technological restrictions that limit its use in industry. One large obstacle is the confusing number of materials and proprietary manufacturing processes, sometimes posing huge challenges for engineers and creating uncertainty. I see a great need for action regarding harmonization and standardization and I am hoping for the consolidation of the market. Nevertheless, the technology has made impressive progress and will continue to build its position,” explains Benjamin Schwab, co-founder and CMO of FACTUREE.

Online Manufacturing with a technology-agnostic approach

FACTUREE is making additive manufacturing and its advantages available to companies. The Online Manufacturer has access to a large manufacturing network of some 2,000 partners in nearly all areas – including CNC machining, sheet metal processing, 3D printing and surface technology. The area of 3D metal printing is currently being expanded.

“When prospective clients ask us for components that were designed as CNC parts but could be made at a lower cost using 3D printing, we point out this option, which is frequently their first contact with additive manufacturing. This is how we promote acceptance. However, the technology is not a one-size-fits-all solution – the right process always has to be found on a case-by-case basis,” says Benjamin Schwab.

FACTUREE selects the most suitable manufacturer for each requirement and recommends the appropriate manufacturing process. “Especially when specific requirements for mechanical properties, tolerances and surface quality have to be met, additive manufacturing is not an alternative to established manufacturing processes such as CNC machining in the industrial setting. The great advantage of our eco¬system is that we are not tied to one manufacturing method but are free to choose the one that best meets the need,” explains Benjamin Schwab. 

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 15000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

Online Manufacturer with broad manufacturing network keeps prices stable even during raw material crisis

Procurement sector struggles with large fluctuations in prices: FACTUREE maintains its offers valid for 14 days

Berlin, 25 April 2022 – Procurement experts are predicting the end of the era of low-priced raw materials and reliable price calculations. Many manufacturers have drastically reduced the validity of their offers – sometimes to 24 hours or less. FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en), however, is retaining its offer validity of 14 days despite the current difficult procurement situation. Here, the company benefits from its extensive network of some 2,000 manufacturing partners that gives FACTUREE more room to maneuver, ensuring stability.

The Russia-Ukraine war and the coronavirus crisis put the international supply chains under further stress in an already difficult procurement situation. Many manufacturers of custom-made parts can no longer offer their customers stable prices for a longer period, giving rise to a significant increase in offers that are valid for less than 24 hours.

Benjamin Schwab, co-founder and CMO of FACTUREE, explains: “The current market situation in procurement is making conditions for industrial buyers extremely difficult. The ever-shorter validity of offers that we are increasingly seeing with conventional contract manufacturers and material dealers makes planning nearly impossible for buyers. What was valid yesterday may be obsolete today. However, we do not pass price increases on to our customers and continue to maintain our usual offer validity of 14 days.”

FACTUREE is able to ensure this stability because the company has access to a manufacturing network of some 2,000 partners – mainly from the areas of CNC machining, sheet metal processing, 3D printing and surface technology. As a result, FACTUREE is in a better position to compensate the impacts of market developments through the careful selection of manufacturers. “We are also in a good position to negotiate with partners because as a platform, we bundle customer inquiries, thus achieving a greater order volume than an individual customer, resulting in a positive effect on offer prices. Furthermore, we frequently absorb price increases ourselves at the cost of our margin in order to give our customers more planning stability,” states Benjamin Schwab.

The future of procurement is in platforms

For every project, FACTUREE uses AI to select the most suitable manufacturer in terms of quality, price and delivery times. All manufacturing partners are subject to a continuous data-driven, ISO 9001 certified quality management system. The request process is semi-automatic, thus ensuring faster offers. The logistics partners are also checked for reliability before being selected. Prototyping projects can be implemented as well as small and large series production, which is continuing to grow.

Benjamin Schwab says, “Many industrial buyers are currently turning to alternative procurement methods and sales markets. As we see it, models based on dependence on one provider have become obsolete. Networking is taking hold in the industry, not only in the technical sense, but also with respect to cooperation among different stakeholders. The future belongs to platforms and ecosystems.” 

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 15000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

In times of crisis, Online Manufacturing ensures more stable procurement processes through a production network 

Ukraine war adds to the procurement crisis – Online Manufacturing by FACTUREE offers advantages over contract manufacturing

Berlin, 30 March 2022 – Local industrial companies are watching the Russia-Ukraine conflict with concern. The war has already had a negative impact on international supply chains, prices and procurement processes. As a result, many industrial buyers have had to rethink their strategies. With its Online Manufacturing concept, FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) helps to overcome difficulties in procuring materials. Compared with conventional contract manufacturing, the risk of delays and non-deliveries is much lower because the Online Manufacturer can adapt more quickly to new circumstances, thus minimizing supply bottlenecks. 

German industrial companies have been coping with procurement problems for several months. The situation is now intensifying considerably due to the Russian war in Ukraine. The demand for custom-made parts is consistently high, but the sanctions against Russia threaten trade movements. Free capacities and raw material are often in short supply. At the same time, prices are increasing, accelerating inflation.

Change of strategy towards alternative procurement routes 

Especially for traditional procurement processes through conventional contract manufacturing, huge disadvantages such as supplier dependencies and interruptions in supply routes have now emerged. In many manufacturing companies, this has led to a change in strategy – diverting to alternative procurement and sales markets. Companies are also looking closer at substitutes for raw and other materials. Furthermore, more efficient manufacturing processes are being explored. One aim of these efforts is to reduce dependency on Russia, Ukraine and other countries as well. 

Benjamin Schwab, co-founder and CMO of FACTUREE, states, “We have developed an alternative to conventional contract manufacturing to achieve independence. Thanks to some 20,000 partners in our manufacturing network, we can tap into a huge pool of capacities for our orders. This allows us to react to new developments considerably more flexibly and reliably than conventional contract manufacturers.”

FACTUREE’s manufacturing partners are in the areas of CNC machining, sheet metal processing, 3D printing, and surface technology. For each project, FACTUREE uses AI to find the most suitable manufacturer with respect to quality, price, and delivery time. The request process is semi-automatic, thus ensuring fast proposals. The logistics partners of the Online Manufacturer are selected based on factors such as reliable delivery.

Benjamin Schwab says, “Because we are always informed of the capacities of our manufacturing partners, we can distribute or reallocate orders according to the respective requirements. This allows us to adjust our activities relatively quickly to new circumstances, such as trade route restrictions. We generally do not pass on increases in material costs to our customers and adjust the prices only when absolutely necessary.”

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 15000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

Engineering and service provider for the space technology sector turns to Online Manufacturing for procuring prototype components 

Online Manufacturing goes to space: FACTUREE supplies complex components to Space Applications Services

Berlin, 23 February 2022 – Online Manufacturing by FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) is exploring new spheres as Space Applications Services (www.spaceapplications.com), a specialist in space technology, decided to use the B2B platform for procuring complex components. These include parts for building prototypes and space qualification models used in aerospace applications. The CNC parts are manufactured with the highest level of precision and will be delivered with short turnaround times. 

Space Applications Services NV/SA, with headquarters in the Brussels region and a subsidiary, Aerospace Applications North America, in Houston, Texas (USA), specializes in the development of systems and software for the European Space Agency (ESA), national space agencies, and the aerospace industry. The company develops international solutions and technologies for manned and unmanned spacecraft, Earth observation, science, exploration, and communication in this sector.

Special components needed for prototyping in robotics

The aerospace sector is of great importance for Space Applications Services. To ensure the highest quality and reliability in this highly sensitive area, complex components are required for prototyping and what are known as space qualification models.

Dr.-Ing. Torsten Siedel, Project Manager at Space Applications Services NV/SA, explains, “We had to make changes in how we procure these components, as the previous supplier no longer met our requirements in terms of material quality, delivery times, and pricing. We then thoroughly researched providers and decided to collaborate with FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer.”

FACTUREE is a trademark of cwmk GmbH and has a wide production network with around 2,000 manufacturing partners in the areas of CNC machining, sheet metal processing, 3D printing, and surface technology. More than 15,000 machines are constantly available for projects, ensuring timely deliveries. All partners comply with the requirements of a continuous data-driven, ISO 9001 certified quality management system. 

Online Manufacturing of high-quality CNC-machined parts

FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer supplies high-quality CNC parts to Space Applications Services, enabling the company to use a particularly modern form of procurement. With its online network model, FACTUREE is in a position to provide custom components manufactured by specialized providers with a high level of precision and ensure fast delivery. As the only contract partner involved, FACTUREE is responsible for selecting the most suitable manufacturer and handling the entire process.

The procurement process for components is straightforward – engineers from Space Applications Services create drawings and 3D data that are submitted to FACTUREE. The Online Manufacturer then generates a quote within one to two days. After the order is placed and delivered, all parts undergo a quality inspection at Space Applications Services. Any reworking required is quickly implemented by FACTUREE.

“For more than two years, FACTUREE has supplied us with high-quality CNC parts for various applications and projects. In addition to the high quality, we appreciate the fast delivery times and attractive pricing. The professional, uncomplicated communication also allows us to solve problems quickly, again underscoring the reliability,” says Dr.-Ing. Torsten Siedel, adding “Considering our positive business development that will lead to an increasing demand for CNC parts, we will certainly continue to turn to FACTUREE with corresponding orders in the future.”

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 15000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

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FACTUREE‘s B2B manufacturing platform is predestined for international use

FACTUREE expands Online Manufacturing to a growing number of countries – greater focus on Italy

Berlin, 24 January 2022 – The Online Manufacturer FACTUREE with headquarters in Berlin is expanding its international activities at the start of the new year. The company, which already generates a third of its revenue in other European countries, is now tapping into the Italian market as well. Customer support in Italian is available starting immediately and in parallel with this, the Italian website (www.facturee.de/it) was launched. As a specialist in the procurement of custom engineered parts, FACTUREE sees great potential for new projects in the currently growing industry in Italy.

Italy is one of the most important industrial countries in Europe. Its machine and plant sector is a driving force for the economy of the whole country, with a large proportion of exports. There is a growing trend towards using Industry 4.0 technologies in Italian manufacturing companies. In the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2021, the gross domestic product (GDP) rose considerably more than anticipated with 2.7 and 2.6 percent over the respective previous quarter in real terms. In the period from January to September 2021, produc¬tion in the manufacturing industry grew by 16.5 percent compared with the previous year and by another 1.4 percent in the 3rd quarter of 2021 over the already good 2nd quarter.

Germany and Italy, the countries with the largest industrial production in Europe, work together in many areas. In a close cooperation in Industry 4.0, the Italian Ministry of Economy – with its comprehensive action plan “Transizione 4.0” among other things – and the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy utilize synergies to jointly promote the scalability and innovative force of Industry 4.0 solutions.

Online Manufacturing breaks boundaries with advantages such as independence

FACTUREE’s B2B manufacturing platform is predestined for international use and supports industry in acting flexibly and independently of pandemic and procurement crises in Italy as well. FACTUREE has a network of more than 2,000 manufacturing partners from nearly all areas – including CNC machining, sheet metal processing, 3D printing and surface technology – with some 15,000 machines. The company can thus consistently provide free capacities and short delivery times. The services are easy to access – even from another country. Companies in countries with less advanced local manufacturing capacities, for example, can benefit from the easy procurement processes.

Benjamin Schwab, co-founder and CMO at FACTUREE, explains, “Implementing in-ternational projects of all sizes has become part of our daily business. In one large project, for example, we manufactured steel pipes and plates weighing 5 tons for the international research center CERN. The European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva is one of the world’s largest and most renowned centers for basic physics research.”

Digital platform models are becoming increasingly popular across Europe because they break through the boundaries of conventional models of contract manufacturing – beyond international borders. As an online manufacturing network, FACTUREE can avoid supply bottlenecks even in difficult times by reallocating and can quickly adapt activities to the circumstances. The Online Manufacturer is able to implement prototyping projects as well as small and large series production ensuring the highest quality standards. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven, ISO 9001 certified quality management system.

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 15000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

The festive season is upon us – time to put pen to paper and write our Christmas wish lists. Unfortunately, 6.2 million adults in Germany won’t be able to join in the fun because they struggle with writing and sometimes even reading, too, with their difficulties putting them at an inevitable social disadvantage. FACTUREE wants to help reduce this disadvantage, which is why the company is supporting the development of the IRMGARD app with a donation of over EUR 5,000.

Functional illiteracy doesn’t mean a lack of intelligence. It’s a product of individual underlying factors whose origins lie in the family, school, or ethnicity, for example. Nevertheless, sufferers are often not respected, endure hurtful experiences, and develop feelings of inadequacy. The nonprofit organization KOPF, HAND + FUSS (KHuF) offers a safe learning space for people with low literacy skills.

As part of their commitment to this issue, KHuF has developed the IRMGARD app, which helps functionally illiterate adolescents and adults learn to read and write. In the app, Irmgard Schwiderski – a real person after whom the app is named – explains the assignments and rules to the learners. With no prior knowledge required, users can develop and practice their reading and writing skills in around 280 exercises at different levels, all at their own pace and in a way that suits their needs.

Screenshot der IRMGARD App

FACTUREE’s donation helps finalize the development of the IRMGARD app

As a nonprofit organization, KOPF, HAND + FUSS gGmbH depends on grants and donations. FACTUREE is supporting the development of the IRMGARD app as part of a Christmas campaign with a donation of EUR 5,000. The entire donation will go toward programming the app, allowing a large number of assignments and additional levels to be added.

How it works: The IRMGARD app begins by introducing letters and sounds. Letters become syllables and then words, which users practice spelling correctly. Levels 6 to 9 focus on more complex grammar topics, while in the last level, users are encouraged to write their own texts. Learners can complete the app by sending a letter to Irmgard, who will reply if requested. Thanks to FACTUREE’s support, the app will now be given extra features and its development finalized.

FACTUREE already enjoys close ties with KHuF, using the latter’s co-working space TUECHTIG for some of their meetings, for example. TUECHTIG is a work community where knowledge and expertise are shared. It’s a place for people who value diversity and an inclusive working environment, and who want to work on projects on their own or with others.

Berlin-based Online Manufacturer sees positive trend in 2021 and continues its international expansion

FACTUREE affirms Online Manufacturing as a pan-European trend

Berlin, 22 November 2021 – Digital platform models are becoming more and more popular throughout Europe. This also applies to the procurement of custom engineering parts, as witnessed by Online Manufacturer FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en). In 2021, the company saw a considerable increase in the usage rates of its B2B manufacturing platform – including from other European countries where FACTUREE already generates a third of its revenue. In order to further expand its international business, the Online Manufacturer is optimizing its service in more European languages such as Italian. Domestic demand is also continuing to grow – e.g. in segments that were severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. FACTUREE currently has customers in 33 European countries.

Due to digitalization, classic linear business models are increasingly being replaced by platform models with data-driven services. With its B2B manufacturing platform, FACTUREE was able to increase sales considerably and hire new employees in 2021. The company is a trademark of cwmk GmbH and specializes in the procurement of custom engineering parts.

Benjamin Schwab, co-founder and CMO of FACTUREE, explains, “The demand from other European countries is huge. Every third euro of FACTUREE’s revenue already comes from outside Germany, with the French market being the biggest contributor. At the beginning of the year, we started our customer service in French and are already seeing excellent results. Our revenues in Europe have more than doubled compared with the beginning of the year. Starting in early 2022, we will also offer our multilingual customer service in Italian in addition to German, English, French, and Spanish.”

Benefits for customers from countries with lower local production capacity

Platform models such as FACTUREE’s B2B manufacturing platform are predestined for international use. FACTUREE has a network of more than 2000 production partners in nearly all areas – including CNC machining, sheet metal processing, 3D printing, and surface technology – with some 15,000 machines, enabling the company to always offer free capacities and short delivery times. The services are easy to access, even from other countries. Companies in countries with lower local production capacity, for instance, thus benefit from Europe-wide, easy-to-implement procurement processes.

Benjamin Schwab continues, ”The platform economy creates added value for all involved and has made Online Manufacturing a pan-European trend. However, the acceptance of digital procurement models still varies in the individual countries. Estonia, for example, is the forerunner in Europe in terms of acceptance and implementation of digitalization. Given its relatively small size, a striking number of our customers comes from there.”

Continuing growth at home – also in industries affected by the pandemic

FACTUREE’s business is growing in Germany as well – driven in part by the coronavirus pandemic. “This year, for example, we have had numerous projects with bicycle manufacturers and in aerospace technology. The positive development of our business makes us increasingly interesting for corporations. With our digital procurement process, we can deliver parts quickly and cost effectively – even when there are shortages of materials in the market. Another factor contributing to the growing acceptance among corporations is that we have made a number of changes this year in terms of compliance requirements. All in all, we have successfully taken our company to the next level,” concludes Benjamin Schwab.

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 15000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

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Online Manufacturing platform offers advantages to parts procurement such as constant availability of production capacities, short delivery times, and simple digital processes

Online Manufacturing platform offers advantages to parts procurement such as constant availability of production capacities, short delivery times, and simple digital processes

Berlin, November 10th 2021– Long established in the B2C sector, now also reaching industry, as more and more companies are setting up their own platforms. Networking all parties involved in the value creation chain and short, simple processes for the end customer are just two of the substantial benefits. The Online Manufacturer FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) with its B2B production platform is one of the forerunners in the procurement of custom engineered parts. Today, the network comprises around 2000 production partners and is growing exponentially. The approach is promising – not only when there are parts and material shortages – as it provides constant availability of production capacities, short delivery times, and cost savings. 

The ifo Institute for Economic Research study “Industrial Digital Economy – B2B Platforms” that was carried out for the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V [Federation of German Industries] highlights the fact that a flourishing industrial B2B platform ecosystem is currently developing in Europe and Germany. Unlike the established B2C platforms, this segment is still in the early phase of development. However, the study ascribes great significance to digital B2B platforms in German industry – according to the survey, this applies in particular to mechanical engineering and the steel industry.

Benjamin Schwab, co-founder and CMO at FACTUREE, states, “Germany and Europe have the potential to build up significant digital B2B platforms in some sectors. With FACTUREE, one of the first German production platforms established in 2017, we are now in such a strong position that we do not need to fear American or Chinese competition.” 

FACTUREE is a trademark of cwmk GmbH and specializes in the procurement of custom engineering parts. Prototyping projects can be carried out as well as small and large series production. The production network currently has more than 2000 manufacturing partners in the areas of CNC machining, sheet metal processing, 3D printing, and surface technology with some 15,000 machines. All partners comply with the requirements of a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. 

B2B platforms ensure long-term competitiveness of German industry

“We had a solid start in 2017 and already knew at that time that our platform approach had great potential. In recent months, demand has virtually exploded. This reflects the increasing networking of markets and players on the one hand, while the benefits of Online Manufacturing become especially clear in times of material shortages. We also offer an alternative to the production and supply difficulties of conventional contract manufacturers during the coronavirus pandemic,” explains Benjamin Schwab.  

As a B2B platform with a wide range of network partners and production techniques, FACTUREE can always offer free capacities and short delivery times. But the advantages are not only for customers. Benjamin Schwab continues, “Many of our manufacturing partners work with us because they no longer want to be restricted by the limitations of conventional contract manufacturing. Joining our production network gives them a strong multiplier effect and they receive tailored requests without wastage. B2B platforms are undoubtedly an important future model for all involved.”

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cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 15000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

More and more manufacturers join the platform approach: FACTUREE Online Manufacturing network grows to 2,000 partners

The manufacturing market is changing: Turnaround in favor of Online Manufacturing platforms

Berlin, 4th October 2021 – Conventional contract manufacturing by its very nature involves rigid structures, while customers prefer flexibility and agility in procurement. This development was driven even more by the coronavirus pandemic. The market for parts procurement is thus changing – Online Manufacturing platforms are becoming increasingly relevant, for both customers and manufacturers. Online Manufacturer FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) has seen exponential growth in manufacturing partners, especially in recent months. In four years, the network has grown to 2,000 partners – 40 percent of them in the past year. Manufacturers benefit from sales advantages, for example, when they join B2B manufacturing platforms.

The Online Manufacturer FACTUREE – a trademark of cwmk GmbH – has a production network of manufacturing partners from nearly every area, including CNC machining, sheet metal processing, 3D printing, and surface technology.

Benjamin Schwab, co-founder and CMO at FACTUREE, explains, “FACTUREE has seen an exponential increase in manufacturing partners, especially in recent months. Many of them no longer want to be restricted by the limitations of conventional contract manufacturing. Joining our production network gives them a strong multiplier effect and they receive tailored requests without wastage. B2B platforms like ours are undoubtedly the future of manufacturing.”

Through the FACTUREE network, customers have access to some 15,000 machines in various areas of manufacturing. All partners comply with the requirements of a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. The service scope includes prototyping projects as well as small and large series production.

The Online Manufacturing process – from the order to delivery

How Online Manufacturing works in detail: In the first step, the customer submits their drawings or uploads their 3D model to the FACTUREE website. Then the price is calculated, which is a largely automated process, but every request is also checked by a technical expert. Taking all relevant parameters into consideration, an optimized proposal is then made, often on the same day, but guaranteed within 48 hours.

Benjamin Schwab explains, “When calculating our proposal, we deliberately avoid using instant price engines. This is because they are forced to work with generous safety buffers in order to factor in the numerous hidden cost drivers that cannot yet be detected automatically with the current state of the art. We therefore use the advantages of automation combined with human verification to calculate the best possible price.”

After receiving the order, FACTUREE uses AI to select the most suitable manufacturing partner for each project with respect to quality and delivery time. The manufacturing partner is given a binding target quotation that they can simply accept. This eliminates the effort for preparing a proposal without being certain of getting the order.

Benjamin Schwab says, “The preferred delivery time affects the price. The more time the customer allows for manufacturing, the lower the price for our service. In addition, due to our intensive cooperation with the manufacturers and correspondingly high purchase volumes, we are given different price and delivery terms than a customer, for example, who is doing business with a contract manufacturer for the first time.”

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 15000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

While people in Germany are only gradually beginning to realize after the devastating weather disasters of recent months that the consequences of climate change could also affect Europe, the effects are already clearly visible and tangible in the South Pacific.

New Caledonia, a group of islands in the South Pacific belonging to France, is confronted with serious economic, ecological and social problems that are directly attributable to climate change. Extreme weather and high climate variability are affecting the island states in the South Pacific to an extent that we in Europe cannot imagine - or do not want. Until now, New Caledonia has met 80% of its electricity needs from conventional fossil fuel-fired power plants, contributing to global warming, albeit on a smaller scale. With the Prony wind power project, South Pole has implemented a sustainable solution to meet energy needs on the island nation. Emission-free electricity from wind power and 36,000 tons of CO2 saved per year: New Caledonia is providing an example of how efficient climate protection works.

New Caledonia - An endangered paradise

New Caledonia is located northeast of Australia in the Pacific Ocean. The island state with the main island Grande Terre and several side islands and atolls has a unique flora and fauna with many unique endangered animal and plant species. New Caledonia's economy consists largely of tourism, crafts, industry and mining.

Around 8 percent of all lateritic nickel ore deposits worldwide are located in New Caledonia - and the industries involved in mining and processing nickel ores are correspondingly extensive. Up to now, the island state has been satisfying the industry's hunger for energy with fossil fuels - and thus contributing to climate change. The changing climate is hitting the island states in the South Pacific hard.

The rising sea level - only a few millimeters per year - is already becoming evident today, especially on the shallow atolls. The rising seawater is causing the islands' freshwater resources to become saline, and at the same time storms and flooding are becoming more frequent.

The Prony project - Reduction of greenhouse gases according to the Gold Standard

New Caledonia is going carbon neutral - with this objective, a project of South Pole, an expert network of more than 500 employees from 30 countries, was launched back in 2018. FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer supports the Prony project by purchasing CO2 certificates and thus contributes to a long-term financing of the project.

Arbeiter erreichten ein Windkraftwerk

With the Prony Wind Power Project, New Caledonia's energy needs are being met by a resource that is abundantly available on the island nation: Wind. The project includes a total of six wind farms at two locations, Kafeate and Prony. 116 wind turbines provide a total capacity of 31 MW and an estimated annual production of 40 GWh of emission-free electricity. However, zero emissions is not the only benefit the Prony project holds for New Caledonia. 50 new jobs have been created during the project, at least 26 of which are permanent. Noise pollution from the operation of the wind turbines is not a concern: The 116 wind turbines are installed in isolated areas along the coast.

The effectiveness of the Prony project in terms of climate protection is proven by the non-profit certification organization "The Gold Standard". The certification by the Swiss organization is awarded only to the projects that demonstrably lead to a reduction of greenhouse gases and at the same time contribute to the local environment and the social needs of the population.

FACTUREE: Climate protection as a matter of the heart

Climate protection has been a central concern for FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer - ever since the company was founded, and it is a corporate policy that is put into practice. For example, FACTUREE offsets all emissions generated during shipping - and is involved with expertise and passion when it comes to sustainable projects around the world. With the purchase of CO2 certificates, FACTUREE co-finances the Prony project - and thus clearly underlines once again the company's orientation as a pioneer in the field of climate protection.
Would you like to learn more about the Prony project and our activities for a greener future? Then get in touch with us right now!

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A variable grid structure that changes its shape from a 6.5 m high cylinder to an 8 m diameter umbrella? A fascinating research project at Technische Universität München makes it possible: Experience the "Kinetic Umbrella", whose components come from our manufacturing network, on film or even live at the "KINETIC UMBRELLA OPENING": 🗓 Friday, 10.09.2021, 15.30-17.30.

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With its large network of production partners, online manufacturer meets requirements flexibly and guarantees stable procurement processes

Supply bottlenecks in industry slow down economic recovery – Online Manufacturing with FACTUREE ensures stable supply chains

Berlin, 19th August 2021 – Industrial production in Germany has slowed significantly. Material shortages and supply bottlenecks could cost the German economy 25 billion euros by the end of the year, according to a recent survey “Significance of supply bottlenecks for ongoing production in Germany” conducted by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW). With Online Manufacturing by FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) companies can counteract delays in material procurement and delivery difficulties. The approach facilitates stable procurement processes by rapidly adapting to actual conditions. FACTUREE has a network of more than 1000 production partners and around 8000 machines.

The current empiric analysis by IfW reports that German industry receives many production orders, but there are often shortages of the raw materials needed. Among other things, this can be attributed to delays in global supply chains. Another recent survey from the Ifo Institute for Economic Research shows that the number of companies experiencing problems with upstream deliveries and the ensuing bottlenecks rose from 45 to 63.8 percent between April and July.

Moritz König, CEO of FACTUREE, states: “Nearly two thirds of manufacturing businesses in the country are struggling with material shortages. The coronavirus pandemic in particular has been identified as the trigger of the current difficulties. Supply routes are still heavily affected in many areas – the supply bottlenecks result in significant disruptions to production in many companies in the industrial sector.”

Meeting greatly increased demand for engineered parts

It is not only the supply routes that are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The industrial sector has seen a sharp rise in demand for engineered parts, especially after the lockdowns.

Moritz König says, “The development in engineered parts is leading to full order books for contract manufacturers, but also to faster capacity utilization and there are often not enough free capacities. With our concept, we can compensate for market imbalances. Our production network is better situated to meet increased demands because we are always informed of the capacities of our production partners and can distribute orders. We can thus offer short delivery times even in the current situation and are unconditionally in a position to deliver.”

The FACTUREE network has more than 8000 machines available at all times for projects in the areas of CNC machining, sheet metal processing, 3D printing, and surface technology. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven, ISO 9001 certified quality management system. Our services include prototyping projects as well as small and large series production.

Moritz König continues, “For every project, FACTUREE uses AI to select the most suitable manufacturer with respect to quality, price, and delivery time. With our approach, the risk of a serious delay is considerably lower than with conventional contract production. As an Online Manufacturing network, we can avoid supply bottlenecks even in difficult times through redeployment and quickly adapt our activities to the situation, while our logistics partners ensure reliable delivery to our customers.”

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 8000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

Empirical study shows growing demand for advanced digital solutions to support purchasing and supply chain management

Digital study by Würzburg University and Leipzig University of Applied Sciences confirms: High potential for Online Manufacturing such as from FACTUREE

Berlin, 17th August 2021 – The use of advanced digital solutions in purchasing and SCM is gaining ground. However, many companies are still in the orientation phase. These are just two of the findings of a recent empirical study by Prof. Dr. Ronald Bogaschewsky (Würzburg University) and Prof. Dr. Holger Müller (Leipzig University of Applied Sciences). The resulting study – "Advanced Digital Solutions to Support Purchasing and SCM" – conducted with the participation of 228 companies also revealed that new procurement methods via online manufacturers such as FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) are an increasingly popular option and have a high potential.

The demand for modern digital solutions that provide information on global procurement markets, suitable suppliers, and supply chain risks is growing. In the context of the study, these included tools and platforms that use big data analytics, social media analytics, artificial intelligence and the like to support users, in particular for strategic tasks. For the research, it was irrelevant whether these technologies are developed and implemented by the company itself or provided as software/platform as a service (SaaS/PaaS) by a platform or service provider.

More than 70% of participants rated global transparency regarding relevant providers to be "important" or "very important", which highlights the great importance of the issue for companies.

Further, participants were asked about the current status of their use of advanced digital systems for the purpose of gaining a high degree of transparency of the global procurement market and of providers. Some 6.6 percent of participants reported that they already use such a system, 10.6 percent are still in the "introduction/test phase", and another 13.3 percent have "definitely planned to introduce one". Only 13.7 percent are planning "no use" in the years ahead.

According to the findings, the use of advanced digital solutions in purchasing is hindered in particular by insufficient time and personnel resources, but also by the lack of technical expertise, inadequate budgets, and an insufficient understanding of existing solutions.

Increasing focus on Online Manufacturing

Online Manufacturing is a new field in modern procurement that can help save resources, among other things. Manufacturing platforms and networks for parts procurement are becoming more relevant.

The result shows that the companies surveyed consider internet platforms to be important for various categories of products. The use of platform solutions for classic catalogue products is more widespread than the use of platform solutions for configurable goods. Up to now, the development is less advanced for customized engineered parts. According to a survey, some 10 percent currently use relevant platforms for engineered parts and another 2.1 percent are in the process of introducing them, while 8.5 percent have no specific plans to deploy them.

The Online Manufacturer FACTUREE – a trademark of cwmk GmbH – specializes in the procurement of custom-made engineered parts. FACTUREE has an extensive production network with currently more than 1000 manufacturing partners in the areas of CNC machining, sheet metal processing, 3D printing, and surface technology with approx. 8000 machines available.

Benjamin Schwab, Head of Marketing & Sales at cwmk GmbH, explains: "Even though the figures in the study are still rather modest for custom-made engineered parts, the findings show that there is a high potential, with 42.6 percent reporting that they have already developed initial ideas for its use. This highlights the fact that there will be a growing demand for platforms for custom-made engineered parts. The results also show that service providers are ahead of industry – 18.5 percent of them use the relevant platforms, in industry, only 10.3 percent."

A broad range of network partners and production techniques

FACTUREE's key advantages include the fact that free capacities and short delivery times are always guaranteed. This allows lower costs, greater efficiency, and more reliable deliveries to be achieved. Prototyping projects can be executed as well as small and large series production.

"Today, big data and artificial intelligence are ever more essential in the procurement process. We predict that production networks will continue to drive this development. As a result of the networking of markets and driven by the coronavirus pandemic, Online Manufacturing has also experienced a boost due to its advantages such as provider independence and flexible decentralized production capacities," says Benjamin Schwab.

The study "Fortgeschrittene digitale Lösungen zur Unterstützung von Einkauf und SCM 2021" [Advanced Digital Solutions to Support Purchasing and SCM 2021] is available in German and can be downloaded at: https://cfsm.de/fortgeschrittene-digitale-lösungen-zur-unterstützung-von-einkauf-und-scm

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 8000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

Even with rising material costs, FACTUREE holds prices steady with its network of over 1000 manufacturing partners and growing order volumes

Stable prices despite raw material shortages through Online Manufacturing with FACTUREE

Berlin, 7 July 2021 – According to the 2020 IMP index of the “Information Service of the German Economic Institute”, the raw material costs for metal processing companies in Germany rose by more than 20 percent within twelve months – from the end of 2019 to the end of 2020. Industrial supply chains are disrupted by a shortage of raw materials in many places, leading to higher prices for manufacturing companies. The Online Manufacturing concept of FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) can mitigate these effects. With a network of more than 1000 manufacturing partners and an increase in orders, the company can guarantee stable prices.

The “Information Service of the German Economic Institute” reports that at the end of 2020, the industrial metal price (IMP) index reached its third-highest rate since it was introduced ten years ago. This development is due, among other things, to low supplies of raw materials because metal mines all around the world produced lower quantities of raw materials or were completely shut down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, however, demand is above average.

“The high demand for raw materials coupled with low supply levels has led to enormous price increases for many manufacturers. With our concept of Online Manufacturing, we are not subject to this pressure and can ensure stable prices with the same high quality. We use AI to identify the most suitable manufacturer for each project in terms of quality, price, and delivery time,” says Moritz König, CEO of FACTUREE.

The FACTUREE network has more than 8000 machines available at all times for projects in the areas of CNC machining, sheet metal processing, 3D printing, and surface technology. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven, ISO 9001 certified quality management system. Prototyping projects can be carried out as well as small and large series production.

Moritz König continues, “At FACTUREE, prices are adjusted only if absolutely necessary. We do not pass on higher material prices to our customers, which helps them to make reliable long-term calculations. This is possible because our steadily growing network and increasing order volumes allow us to negotiate better prices without any fluctuations in quality. Online Manufacturing improves flexibility and facilitates stable procurement processes by rapidly adapting to the current situation. This gives us a competitive edge over conventional manufacturing.”

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 8000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

Department of architecture at the Technical University of Munich utilizes Online Manufacturing for the prototype of a semi-elastic grid structure

FACTUREE produces joint component for the "Kinetic Umbrella" research project at TUM

Berlin, 24 June 2021 – How can spatially complex variable processes be implemented through the controlled elastic deformation of grid bars? In this context, the “Kinetic Umbrella” research project at the department of architecture at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) investigates the applicability of flexurally elastic mechanisms in the area of variable grid structures. Currently, a prototype for the first semi-elastic variable grid structure is being developed. As this requires customized components, the department decided to collaborate with Online Manufacturer FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) which supplies small-format joint component for the nodes.

As part of a doctoral thesis on “Elastic Mechanisms in Grid Structures”, fundamental concepts were developed and successfully implemented in static applications within the “Kinetic Umbrella” research project. The development includes methods of mechanical simulation, the morphology of elastic mechanisms, architectural and constructive approaches, as well as suitable materials.

In the next step, the potential of such mechanisms for variable constructions will be investigated. For this purpose, a prototype for the first semi-elastic variable grid structure will be developed, featuring a foldable umbrella design with a diameter of eight meters.

Online Manufacturer supplies special component for prototype

“We produce some of the components in our own workshops at TUM. However, when we reach the technical limits of our facilities, we involve third-party suppliers. This was the case in our current project in the production of aluminum extruded profiles. When producing prototypes, it is common practice to have some components made by third parties,” explains M.Sc. Jonas Schikore, civil engineer and research associate at the Technical University of Munich.

Against this background, TUM decided to collaborate with Online Manufacturer FACTUREE. FACTUREE is a trademark of cwmk GmbH and has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners, mainly in the areas of CNC machining, sheet metal processing, 3D printing, and surface technology. In the “Kinetic Umbrella” project, the company supplies special components for the nodes of the variable grid structure.

“The components procured through FACTUREE are small-format joint components. The aluminum component can be attached eccentrically to GRP laminates and forms the socket for a pivot bolt. It has inner threads and is suitable for a direct friction-lock connection with the connecting component. It is optically particularly appealing due to the surface treatment,” explains M.Sc. Jonas Schikore.

On-time deliveries of high-quality customized components

With the Online Manufacturer, TUM utilizes a state-of-the-art form of procurement. The online network approach allows customized components to be manufactured with a high level of precision and to be delivered quickly by specialized suppliers. However, FACTUREE is the only contract partner involved, being responsible for selecting the most suitable manufacturer and handling the entire process. The key factors for TUM to have their parts provided by FACTUREE included the convenient contact, the preparation of a timely quotation, and the reasonable delivery times.

“At the chair for structural design, we build prototypes and new developments on a regular basis for our research projects. With FACTUREE, we can now react quickly and efficiently, because the Online Manufacturer offers a wide production range, good prices and quality, and fast provision times. We were very impressed with the quality of the components supplied. Delivery was on time, perceptibly easing our planning and construction process. We will turn to FACTUREE again for further needs in the future,” concludes M.Sc. Jonas Schikore.

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Online Manufacturing of Aluminum Component for Prototype in the “Kinetic Umbrella” Project of the Department of Architecture at the Technical University of Munich

FACTUREE produces a joint component for nodes of a variable grid structure for a research project at TUM

The “Kinetic Umbrella” research project at the department of architecture at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) investigates the applicability of flexurally elastic mechanisms in the area of variable grid structures. The controlled elastic deformation of the grid bars enables spatially complex variation processes. An international collaboration with industry was launched to build a prototype for the first semi-elastic variable grid structure. TUM commissioned Online Manufacturer FACTUREE with producing the small format joint components for the nodes.

One of the main focus areas of the department of architecture at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) includes the research and development of innovative building technologies. As part of a doctoral thesis on “Elastic Mechanisms in Grid Structures”, fundamental concepts were already developed and successfully implemented in static applications within the “Kinetic Umbrella” research project. The development includes methods of mechanical simu¬lation, the morphology of elastic mechanisms, architectural and constructive approaches, as well as suitable materials.

In the next step, the potential of such mechanisms for variable constructions will be investigated. For this purpose, a prototype for the first semi-elastic variable grid structure will be developed, featuring a foldable umbrella design with a diameter of eight meters.

 

Production of prototype with components from Online Manufacturer

M.Sc. Jonas Schikore, civil engineer and research associate at the Technical University of Munich, explains, “Some of the components are produced in our own workshops at TUM. However, when we reach the technical limits of our facilities, we involve third-party suppliers. This was the case in our current project in the production of aluminum extruded profiles. When producing prototypes, it is common practice to have some components made by third parties.”

For planning the prototypes, TUM uses mainly 3D models. Specialized manufacturers are often brought on board to support the process.

“In the construction sector, you always need customized components sooner or later. Our focus is on the research and development of innovative building technologies. As our developments need to account for the industrial processes in order to yield practical solutions and technologies, we are in constant contact with industry for this,” says M.Sc. Jonas Schikore.

Against this background, TUM decided to collaborate with Online Manufacturer FACTUREE, which they had learned about through an internet search, because building the prototype requires customized components. The department of architecture could easily upload 3D models in FACTUREE’s online interface and obtained a calculation within 24 hours. Other competitors did not react to inquiries as quickly.

FACTUREE is a trademark of cwmk GmbH and has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners, mainly in the areas of CNC machining, sheet metal processing, 3D printing, and surface technology. In the “Kinetic Umbrella” project, the company supplies the joint component for the nodes of the variable grid structure.

“The components procured through FACTUREE are small-format joint components. The aluminum component can be attached eccentrically to GRP laminates and forms the socket for a pivot bolt. It has inner threads and is suitable for a direct friction-lock connection with the connecting component. It is optically particularly appealing due to the surface treatment,” explains M.Sc. Jonas Schikore.

 

Fast provision times and on-time deliveries

With the Online Manufacturer, TUM utilizes an especially modern form of procurement. The online network approach allows customized components to be manufactured with a high level of precision and be delivered quickly by specialized suppliers. However, FACTUREE is the only contract partner involved, being responsible for selecting the most suitable manufacturer and handling the entire process.

TUM decided to have their parts provided by FACTUREE because of the convenient contact, the preparation of a timely quotation, and the reasonable delivery times.

M.Sc. Jonas Schikore reports, “We were able to lower the costs of the components after some consultations. For us, the obvious strengths of FACTUREE include the ease of transmitting data and the fast, reliable quotation. The direct personal communication and consulting was also decisive for the smooth procedure. Our contacts responded immediately to our email inquiries and telephone support was also readily available. The cooperation thus far was appraised by our employees to be positive and competent as well.”

Online Manufacturing will continue to be an option in the future

In future projects, TUM will continue to rely on high-quality components and optimized costs. “At the chair for structural design, we build prototypes and new developments on a regular basis for our research projects. With FACTUREE, we can now react quickly and efficiently, because the Online Manufacturer offers a wide production range, good prices, and fast provision times. We were very impressed with the quality of the components supplied. Delivery was on time, perceptibly easing our planning and construction process. We will turn to FACTUREE again for further needs going forward,” concludes M.Sc. Jonas Schikore.

So, what is that object standing in the entrance area of the FACTUREE office? If you approach, you will see a 3D labyrinth with very special content. Numerous hexagons form a structure and the whole thing even moves. What exactly is going on here?

Many may remember it from their childhood days: the ball maze. This was the inspiration for the final assignment of our intern Stephan Winkler. As part of his project, a state-of-the-art interactive construct was created that is much more than a toy: It contains numerous manufactured components. Together with David Recheni, a member of the IT department, the FACTUREE intern designed a machine that incorporates the most common manufacturing processes and materials used by FACTUREE and also adds a playful aspect for the user. 

Once the idea was born to create a construction of a mechanically driven three-dimensional labyrinth, the two employees went into the planning and implementation of their vision. After a lot of thinking and practical work, they finally came up with an octahedron stump about two meters high that can be freely controlled and moved by remote control, with a navigable sphere inside the large 3D object. The end result: a state-of-the-art XXL-version of the ball maze.

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Stephan Winkler
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David Recheni

Keeping the ball rolling: Control via controller and app

And how does this work exactly? The construction is a volume body that can be moved rotationally on two axes by electrically controlled motors. In this labyrinth, a ball is controlled by rotating the axes on the respective sides of the cube. The goal is to "travel" over as many of the surfaces as possible in a certain amount of time or to reach a predefined point in a certain amount of time.

The modern sculpture is controlled by a controller designed and 3D printed by FACTUREE employees. It contains two joysticks to control the respective axes separately, making it easy to operate the machine. The object can also be controlled via an app on a smartphone.

The sculpture is sure to have a lasting impression on most visitors: in addition to its sophisticated functionalities, the object, which is composed of the FACTUREE logo's hexagons, is also visually well-thought-out. The construction is currently on display as an impressive feature in the entrance area of FACTUREE and will in future be used at trade fairs as to illustrate the extensive FACTUREE manufacturing range of components it consists of: (tube) bent parts made of stainless steel, laser parts, milling parts, 3D-printed parts, turning parts and welded parts including surface treatments.

The Online Manufacturer and a global provider of sheet metal processing solutions take a close look at market developments in Germany

FACTUREE and Bystronic: Why online sheet metal processing is a growth market

Berlin, 26 May 2021 – As the sheet metal processing market is highly competitive, featuring a high degree of comparability and steady growth, providers in this sector rely on efficient processes and a high level of automation. At the same time, the market is continuously generating new technologies and has made significant progress with respect to quality, performance, digitalization, and automation in recent years. Online Manufacturing is thus becoming increasingly important for providers of sheet metal processing solutions such as Bystronic Deutschland GmbH (www.bystronic.de), which is why the company has now partnered with Online Manufacturer FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en).

“Sheet metal processing is an extremely competitive market. Many providers are experiencing high demand. And the pandemic has given rise to a price war,” explains Marius van der Hoeven, Managing Director of Bystronic Deutschland GmbH. As a global provider of solutions for sheet metal processing, Bystronic is focusing on automating the entire material and data flow of the cutting and bending process chain. The company’s portfolio includes laser cutting systems, press brakes, and the corresponding automation and software solutions.

Marius van der Hoeven adds, “At the same time, sheet metal processing companies are operating in a high-end market shaped by new technologies for high quality, performance, digitalization, and automation. Many of them have already invested in high-performance machines or are ready to do so in the future and now want to utilize their newly available capacities. This is where Online Manufacturing comes in, giving sheet metal processing companies, the Bystronic customer base, the chance to meet new customers and generate additional orders.”

Online Manufacturing – the future of production in sheet metal processing

Bystronic Deutschland is therefore collaborating with Online Manufacturer FACTUREE, a brand of cwmk GmbH. FACTUREE has a production network with over 1000 manufacturing partners, mainly in the CNC processing, sheet metal processing, 3D printing, and surface technology sectors. One advantage of Online Manufacturing is that the network approach allows the most suitable provider to be identified for a requirement and that even in times of crisis or very high demand, no delivery bottlenecks or delays arise.

“We think that Online Manufacturing has great potential for sheet metal processing production. Providers are faced with the challenge of standing out from the competition and blazing new trails. By joining our network, they become proactive in digitalization and networking and can explore new business opportunities. In collaboration with Bystronic, we want to further expand our network and competencies in sheet metal processing,” explains Benjamin Schwab, Head of Marketing & Sales at cwmk GmbH, the parent brand of FACTUREE.

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 8000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

Online manufacturer sees recovery of its business in line with VDMA’s growth forecast for production in 2021

FACTUREE: The crisis in the plant and mechanical engineering sector is over

Berlin, May 4, 2021 – The German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) has raised its growth forecast for production in 2021 to 7 percent in real terms and expects that the industry will be able to offset, at least to some extent, the severe economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 crisis. FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer (www.facturee.de/en) agrees with this outlook. The company is seeing a significant increase in orders from customers in struggling industries and – thanks partly to its online approach – is on course for growth.

“The crisis caused by COVID-19 in the mechanical and plant engineering sector is over. That’s our assessment, at least, and one that tallies with the VDMA’s current forecasts. We’re currently noticing a significant increase in orders from existing customers – especially from sectors such as mechanical engineering, which were badly hit by the COVID-19 crisis and had been quiet for a long time,” says Benjamin Schwab, Head of Marketing & Sales at cwmk GmbH, adding: “We’re confident that, despite the lockdown, we’ll experience a definite turnaround and that a major recovery is on the horizon.”

Move toward Online Manufacturing: reliable procurement processes

While the mechanical and plant engineering sector is picking up speed again, it is increasingly relying on the concept of Online Manufacturing for its procurement processes. Two key factors for this development are its high reliability and short provisioning times.

The network approach keeps the risks of failed or delayed deliveries, which, especially in times of crisis are particularly high among traditional contract manufacturers, to an absolute minimum, ensuring supply chains are maintained at all times. FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer is a brand of cwmk GmbH and has a production network of over 1,000 manufacturing partners, mainly from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal working, 3D printing, and surface technology.

“The industry needs to prepare for the upturn in the mechanical and plant engineering sector. When it comes to their suppliers, market participants must position themselves as resilient entities capable of withstanding shocks in order to remain flexible and operational, not only during a crisis but at all times. Online Manufacturing has a clear competitive advantage, as its procurement processes are far superior to those of traditional contract manufacturing. As an Online Manufacturing network, we can quickly adapt to market conditions – by shifting manufacturing capacity away from plants and regions affected by the lockdown, for example. We use AI tools to find the best provider to meet the requirements,” explains Benjamin Schwab.

FACTUREE continues to expand its capacities

As a logical response to this development and the associated growth, FACTUREE is significantly expanding its capacities – both in terms of resources and personnel as well as office space. In this context, the move to new, larger premises is planned for autumn 2021.

Benjamin Schwab explains: “Our company has always been shaped by growth and change, which is why we will also continue expanding our digital infrastructure. We’re currently working with our customers to develop a new tool that is tailored to their needs and makes the inquiry and ordering processes quick and easy. We’re shifting our focus away from crisis mode and toward the building of the future.”

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 8000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

The Lions Racing Team of the University Braunschweig (Germany) is going on full throttle into the race again this year competing in the motorsport competitions of "Formula Student". Their goal is to outpace the other universities' teams by using custom-designed electric racing cars and to finish on the winner's podium. FACTUREE supports the Lions Racing Team with sponsored components to pick up as much speed as possible.

"Formula Student" is the world's largest design competition for students. In this competition, technology enthusiasts from all over the world design and then build racing cars on their own to compete against other universities for victory in three racing classes: Combustion, Electric and Driverless. Since its creation in 2000, the Lions Racing Team has represented the Technische Universität Braunschweig at the international Formula Student competitions and competes annually on racetracks such as Hockenheim or Silverstone with its specially designed and built racing cars. In the process, students have been implementing the transition from combustion engines to electric cars with built-in autonomous systems since 2019. 

Lions Racing Team takes pole position with Online Manufacturing

With components supplied by FACTUREE, the Lions Racing Team is also looking to gain momentum this year. To improve the development of its electric race cars and produce the best possible innovations, the team works hand in hand with partners from industry and research. It has made several innovations for this year's race:

"Based on our experience from previous seasons as well as the current Formula Student regulations, we have used proven product development processes to design and construct many new components for the 2021 season. Among other things, a new concept was created for the push-rod system installed on the LR19."

Among other things, the team opted for a heave-roll system on the rear axle. The handlebars, which FACTUREE manufactures and provides as sponsorship, are important components.

Impact of the coronavirus crisis and other increasing risk factors on conventional contract manufacturers

FACTUREE recommends avoiding production and logistics problems with Online Manufacturing

Berlin, 16 February 2021 – The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated that supply chains associated with conventional contract manufacturing can break down easily in a crisis. Production and supply problems faced by contract manufacturers quickly make manufacturers aware of how dependent they are. And there are further risks involved such as fires or strikes irrespective of the coronavirus crisis. One broken link in the process leads to a cascade of problems. Online Manufacturing minimizes all these risks, as FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) demonstrates.

“Conventional contract manufacturing is vulnerable to various risk factors due to its very nature. Especially during the coronavirus crisis, major disadvantages such as supplier dependencies, interrupted supply chains and delivery bottlenecks become apparent,” explains Benjamin Schwab, Director of Marketing & Sales at cwmk GmbH, and adds, “Aspects such as flexibility, a high level of precision and fast delivery times are indispensable for the production of custom components – particularly under growing pressure from the competition. If a process is slowed down or fails, the customer is impacted.”

Ensuring continuous operations with Online Manufacturing – with or without a crisis

FACTUREE therefore advises manufacturers to position themselves to be resilient and shock resistant with respect to their suppliers in order to remain flexible and operational at all times, whether there is a crisis or not. “The awareness for risk prevention and preventive crisis management is growing steadily. Rigid structures need to be phased out in our view,” states Benjamin Schwab.

Online Manufacturing facilitates stable procurement processes by rapidly adjusting to current circumstances, for example by reallocating production capacities away from the businesses and regions affected by lockdowns.

The Online Manufacturer FACTUREE is a trademark of cwmk GmbH, which has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners in the areas of CNC machining, sheet metal processing, 3D printing and surface technology. The network approach minimizes the risks of supply disruptions and delays as much as possible, maintaining supply chains even in a crisis.

For the procurement of production parts, the FACTUREE network has more than 8000 machines available for projects at all times. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven, ISO 9001 certified quality management system. Prototyping projects can be carried out as well as small and large series production.

A pool of manufacturers, only one contract partner

For each project, FACTUREE uses AI to identify the most suitable manufacturer with respect to quality, price and delivery time. The request process is semi-automatic, thus ensuring fast proposals. FACTUREE is the sole contract partner for the entire ordering process.

Benjamin Schwab says, “One risk factor in conventional contract manufacturing is the frequently common long-term commitment to a certain supplier. This limits the flexibility of the company placing the order and leads to dependency. We have nearly unlimited capacities available, allowing us to react more flexibly and reliably to current developments than individual manufacturing businesses. Yet the customer has only one contact partner.”

FACTUREE operates in all of Europe and has a continually growing number of customers in the European countries from various sectors such as machine engineering, medical technology, model construction, robotics, and the automotive and aerospace industries. Customers include leading industrial companies such as Siemens and Parker Hannifin, small and medium-sized businesses, startups, and research institutes and universities.

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 8000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer participates again this year in the Girls' Day and offers interested young girls an insight into the following areas of our work:

  • Programming (Frontend-Development)
  • Online marketing
  • Logistics
  • Technical purchasing

Girls' Day will take place this year on April 22, 2021 and applications are still being accepted by mail or the Girls' Day online platform.

Depending on the development of the infection figures, Girls' Day will be held this year either in purely digital form or on site with a hygiene concept.

European nuclear physics laboratory relies on digital procurement of parts for neutron shields

FACTUREE produces radiation protection components for the European research center CERN

Berlin, 18th January 2021 – CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned centers for basic physics research. The CMS experiment conducted by CERN is considered one of the largest international scientific collaborations in history. For this experiment, CERN entrusted FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer (www.facturee.de/en) with procuring special parts for the complex CMS particle detector developed specifically for this purpose. In an extensive project, FACTUREE produced steel pipes and plates used in the physics experiment as components for neutron shields.

At CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) in Geneva, scientists explore the fundamental laws of the universe. The European project was founded in 1954 and has 23 member states, including the United Kingdom and Germany as a founding members. CERN employs more than 12,000 scientists from 85 countries.

Needed quickly: high-quality special protective shield for particle detector

The European nuclear physics laboratory provides its researchers a unique array of particle accelerators. At CERN, the world’s largest and most complex machines are used to research the smallest units of matter – elementary particles.

The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment is a particle detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland. An underground hall in the accelerator ring near Cessy in France hosts the large-scale experiment involving – as of September 2019 – 5000 particle physicists, engineers, technicians, students and assistants from 200 institutes in 50 countries.

Ali Karaki, Mechanical Engineer at CMS/CERN, states: “For this important experiment, we needed a special protective shield, as our previous shields were contaminated with radiation. When searching for a manufacturer, the key factors were procurement time, quality and handling. There are currently only a few companies in Europe that can manufacture large-scale parts precisely and reliably. We have already had positive experiences with FACTUREE in procuring precision parts, sample holders, adapter pieces, etc. and we therefore opted for the online manufacturer for this project as well.”

When awarding the contract for this major project, knowledge of the exact chemical composition of the steel used was also decisive. Lukas Schlicker, Head of Purchasing at cwmk GmbH, explains: “In order to calculate the effectiveness of the protective shields against radiation, you must know the exact chemical composition of the steel batch. We were able to give CERN the chemical analysis of the batch intended for use in production during the quotation phase. The effectiveness of the protective shields was then simulated and confirmed at CERN.

cwmk GmbH operates as an Online Manufacturer under the FACTUREE brand name. FACTUREE has a broad network of over 1000 production partners across the areas of CNC machining, sheet metal processing, 3D printing, and surface technology. More than 8000 machines are always at the ready for projects, ensuring on-time deliveries. The company has an ISO 9001 certified quality management system.

Fast procurement and cost advantages

FACTUREE produced a total of 5 metric tons of steel pipes and plates for CERN that were used in the CMS experiment as components for radiation protection. The contract also included special features and services, among them the procurement of raw material, processing, painting, assembly and delivery.

Ali Karaki sums up: “The quotation from FACTUREE was fast, as was delivery of the components. We found no defects in the incoming inspection. The costs for the components were around 15% lower than from other providers in Europe. If CERN should ever need components for protective shields such as steel plates or pipes in the future, we will definitely turn to FACTUREE for procurement again.”

Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 8000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

Due to the current restrictions caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, there are production difficulties and supply chain failures throughout Europe, so we are currently receiving many questions as to whether we still have sufficient free capacity and can offer our usual short delivery times.

This is certainly still the case.

Especially now it is becoming apparent that our concept of digitization, automation and networking is successful and that we can consistently avoid delivery failures and delays even in times of crisis.

Thanks to our large network of now more than 1000 manufacturing partners, we can still offer our full range of services in CNC machining, sheet metal working, 3D printing and surface treatments.

In contrast to conventional manufacturing companies, there is no total loss of capacity even in the case of a complete closure of a manufacturing plant, as we have the possibilities to reallocate capacities flexibly.

In addition, we have reassured ourselves with our logistics partners that a reliable supply is still possible without restrictions.

Of course, we immediately implemented all recommended measures and rules of conduct at our site. Our account managers are currently working remotely from their homes, but can be reached by telephone without any restriction. In addition, we also support our manufacturing partners in implementing these measures.

Stay healthy and get through this difficult time well!

Your Team from FACTUREE - The Online Manufacturer

Online Manufacturing of special parts adds benefits for textile manufacturers such as quick availability

Freudenberg Performance Materials relies on digital procurement with FACTUREE

Berlin, 9 December 2020 – Freudenberg Performance Materials, a leading global developer and manufacturer of innovative tech¬nical textiles, explores new paths with its procurement of components. In this endeavor, the company has chosen FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer (www.facturee.de/en) as its supplier for various parts, including cut and bent sheet metal parts. The service provider has a manufacturing network with over 1000 production partners in the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal forming, 3D printing and surface technology. Thus, customers benefit from a broad production range, quick availability and on-time deliveries.  

Freudenberg Performance Materials is a leading global supplier of technical textiles. The textile solutions are used in a wide range of markets and applications. The company’s technical textiles include non-woven fabrics, woven fabrics, knitted fabrics, foams and laminates for sectors such as automotive, construction, clothing, energy, filter media, healthcare, interior finishing, shoes and leather goods, and special applications.

With more than 35 production sites in 15 countries and its headquarters in Weinheim, Germany, Freudenberg Performance Materials has a truly global presence. The company aims to be a pioneer in the development of technical textiles, modern materials and solutions, and new production methods.

Online Manufacturing as a modern procurement method

The goal of innovative products and processes is also expressed in how production partners are chosen. When implementing technical projects and maintenance work, ever shorter procurement times coupled with high manufacturing precision are crucial for success. cwmk GmbH, which operates as an online manufacturer under the FACTUREE brand name, meets these requirements with a very high level of digitalization, automation and networking as well as an ISO 9001 certified quality management system. In the broad production network, more than 8000 machines are always at the ready for projects.

“Freudenberg Performance Materials has now completed around fifteen projects with us for the external production of components. We implemented an especially large project in September of this year that included the production of several steel and aluminum milled parts as well as cut and bent sheet metal parts made of V2A stainless steel,” reports Benjamin Schwab, Head of Marke¬ting & Sales at cwmk GmbH.

Overall, most of the parts that FACTUREE produces for Freudenberg are 3-axis milled parts – some are bent parts, less frequently turned parts. The materials used are mostly steel, stainless steel and aluminum – various plastics such as PVC, PEEK and Teflon have also been used so far.

Markus Helf, Technical Manager at the Freudenberg Perfor¬mance Materials SE & Co. KG plant in Kaiserslautern, points out the advantage of the cooperation: “We highly regard FACTUREE as a reliable supplier of production parts with good delivery times and an easy-to-use procurement interface. Especially in times of coronavirus, this procurement approach offers the necessary safety. We consider this to be a good example of the advantages of digitalization, which has seen another boost during the pandemic.”

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 8000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

FACTUREE pushes internationalization further.

FACTUREE's geographical radius of action has expanded in recent years, so that in the meantime considerably more projects from non-German-speaking countries are handled. Especially the French market plays an important role.

In response to this, FACTUREE's existing German-, English- and Spanish-speaking customer service will be supplemented by French-speaking support from January 2021.

High demand for digitalization, customization and greater flexibility in logistics

FACTUREE looks at industry trends in 2021: Online Manufacturing continues to boom

Berlin, 23 November 2020 – During the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, Online Manufacturing saw a real boost. FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer (www.facturee.de/en) has identified several trends for the sector in 2021 based on demand patterns previously observed. All indications point to an increasing request for customization, such as in major projects, and a greater complexity of parts. Looking ahead, more importance will also be placed on a high degree of flexibility on the part of suppliers, for example in logistics.

cwmk GmbH, which operates as an Online Manufacturer under the FACTUREE brand name, facilitates state-of-the-art procurement of production parts for its customers through digitalization, automation, and networking. The company has a production network with over 1000 production partners across the areas of CNC machining, sheet metal processing, 3D printing, and surface technology. More than 8000 machines are always at the ready for projects.

Analyzing the various changes this year, resulting in part from coronavirus, FACTUREE gives an outlook for developments in 2021. “In fact, the coronavirus crisis was a catalyst for digitalization and thus for Online Manufacturing. Willingness to test alternative procurement methods has definitely increased. Our projection is that Online Manufacturing will continue to pick up speed in 2021 and our share of the market will grow even larger,” states Benjamin Schwab, Head of Marke¬ting & Sales at cwmk GmbH.

Serial production and the complexity of parts in Online Manufacturing are increasing

The growing relevance of Online Manufacturing has also had an impact on requirements. Benjamin Schwab explains, “Online Manufacturing is already well established in the area of prototyping, but now more of our customers are inquiring about serial production and master agreements. We will soon be launching a new product for this area as well.”

Overall, FACTUREE is now handling significantly more major projects with a high sales volume and large scope, while the complexity of the fabricated parts is increasing further. Since this also results in a higher logistics effort, the company introduced new logistics concepts in 2020, for example relying on different shipping services and means of transport ranging from trucks and rail to air freight. 

More customers from new markets, greater internationalization

While the number of customers from new markets is rising, FACTUREE’s geographic operating range has also widened. “Though most of our customers still come from areas such as conventional mechanical engineering and the automotive sector, we are seeing a trend towards the booming e-mobility sector,” says Benjamin Schwab and continues, “Furthermore, we are handling more and more projects from areas outside the German-speaking countries. As a response to this development, we will expand our existing customer service in German, English and Spanish to include support in French from January 2021.”

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 8000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

Online Manufacturing network provides customers with a wide production range, competitive prices, and short delivery times – despite the coronavirus crisis

FACTUREE underpins its position as leading German online manufacturer and thrives in international competition

Berlin, 20 October 2020 – FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en), the Online Manufacturing network founded in 2017, is establishing itself as the leading German online manufacturer and has also been increasingly successful in international competition. The company has continued its path of significant growth in 2020, although the coronavirus crisis has had a big impact on large parts of its customer base. More than 1000 manufacturing partners are now part of the steadily growing network. This ensures a broad production range, short delivery times, and competitive prices.

Berlin-based cwmk GmbH operates as an online manufacturer under the FACTUREE brand name and facilitates state-of-the-art procurement of production parts for its customers. Benjamin Schwab, Director of Marke¬ting & Sales at cwmk GmbH, states, “The recent entry of large international competitors from the US and the Netherlands to the German market has sharpened competition considerably. However, we proved that we were well prepared for the competition. We benefited from our position as an ‘early mover’ and were the only German company to succeed in convincing prestigious customers such as Siemens and Parker Hannifin of our concept.”

FACTUREE maintains its growth trajectory in the year of the coronavirus

Since the founding of FACTUREE in 2017 as one of the first German manufacturing networks, the company has had a high expansion rate – even in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Benjamin Schwab states, “The coronavirus crisis has had an enormous impact on many German companies, with the mechanical engineering industry as one of the most affected sectors. Although many of our customers are from this sector, FACTUREE has continued its strong growth in 2020, the year of the coronavirus, after having doubled our revenue in each of the two preceding years. I attribute this in particular to the increased interest in alternative, crisis-proof ways of procuring production parts. The disruption of supply chains has suddenly driven media attention to the shock-resistant Online Manufacturing. We were able to attract new customers despite the crisis and continue to expand our revenue and our prominent market position.”

Consistent focus on customers

The success is also due FACTUREE’s consistent focus on the needs of its customers. “We have developed an in-depth understanding of the German market and its special features. Unlike many of our competitors, instead of using complicated tools, we make things easier for purchasers with simple inquiry and handling processes,” says Benjamin Schwab.

FACTUREE ensures this through a broad range of services from a single source. As a result, even complex inquiries with different production techniques and surface treatments can be handled and carried out by a single contract partner. Customers have additional advantages from eliminating the search for and qualification of suppliers and the reduced logistics efforts. ISO 9001 certified, data-driven quality management guarantees the reliability of processes.

Currently, the online manufacturer has more than 1000 production partners with countless machines at its disposal. Benjamin Schwab reports, “Our network also grew rapidly during the coronavirus crisis – with a very positive trend. For our customers, this means there will still be free capacities, short delivery times, and competitive prices also in the future.”

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining and surface technology. More than 8000 CNC machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. In addition to CNC turning and milling, FACTUREE's range of services also includes sheet metal processing and 3D printing. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

Systematic climate strategy leads to reductions of CO2 emissions since the founding of the company

FACTUREE, the online manufacturer, focuses on sustainability, quality and climate protection

Berlin, 11th September 2020 – Climate change has recently faded from the media headlines, but is still present everywhere. Global emissions of greenhouse gases are continuing to increase steadily worldwide. The online manufacturer FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) has been an advocate for climate protection since its founding in 2017 and systematically pursues this strategy. The company promotes sustainability through its business model, but also through values such as consistency, future orientation and environmental awareness. For example, the online manufacturer compensates all CO2 emissions from shipping by purchasing South Pole certificates which result from the Xenamnoy 1 hydropower project in Laos.

FACTUREE (a cmwk GmbH brand) is an online manufacturer with a wide range of network partners, production techniques and finishing treatments. All FACTUREE partner companies are subject to continuous, ISO 9001 certified data-driven quality management. Ensuring sustainable operations across the entire value chain is a top priority. The sustainability concept is successively expanded to other areas.

Compensating CO2 emissions from shipping

“For us it’s essential to consider ecological, social and commercial interests and support them with responsible actions,” explains Benjamin Schwab, Director of Marketing & Sales at cwmk GmbH, and adds: “For example, since our beginning, we have offset all CO2 emissions from shipping. In this endeavour, we work with South Pole, a renowned provider of CO2 certificates from Switzerland. In 2019 alone, we purchased a total of 1,128 certificates generated by the Xenamnoy hydropower project in Laos that is supported by South Pole. These 1,128 certificates are equivalent to offsetting 1,128 tons of CO2 – which not only offsets the emissions caused by our shipments, but significantly overcompensates for them.”

South Pole’s mission is to support businesses and governments achieve their climate goals and thus help reduce global warming to 2 °C.

Xenamnoy 1 hydropower project

The Xenamnoy 1 project in Laos is Gold Standard certified, i.e. the project has been proven to actually prevent CO2 emissions and make a positive social impact. In addition to protecting the climate, projects of this kind also support sustainable development in local communities.

“With the Xenamnoy hydropower project, the immense hydropower potential of Laos is now used to provide rural communities in particular with clean energy from renewable resources. Since the start of the project, significantly less firewood has been used for energy. In addition, the hydropower plant contributes directly to local sustainable development by improving infrastructure, implementing a water supply program for the local population and creating jobs. Every year, 48,000 tons of CO2 are saved when water is used to generate energy instead of firewood,” says Benjamin Schwab.

Sustainability – indispensable in the sector

Climate change has significantly increased the awareness of sustainability. The manufacturing industry also bears responsibility as it is one of the largest producers of greenhouse gas emissions in Germany. In view of the global developments in climate change, manufacturing companies should follow FACTUREE’s lead and implement sustainability at several levels.

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cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 500 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining and surface technology. More than 6000 CNC machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. In addition to CNC turning and milling, FACTUREE's range of services also includes sheet metal processing and 3D printing. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

Consistent CO2 compensation since the company was founded

Ever since the Corona virus has been occupying all news channels, a different, no less important topic has gone rather quiet. The climate crisis, it seems, has been resolved since March 2020, at least in the media. Even if the current lack of interest in the media says otherwise, the climate crisis is by no means over. On the contrary, emissions of greenhouse gases are rising almost unchecked worldwide - and are continuing to change our climate on Earth.

For us as a company, the protection of the environment and the preservation of livable conditions for future generations have been at the top of our internal agenda since our company was founded in 2017. As a building block for maximum climate neutrality, we have, for example, been compensating for all CO2 emissions generated by shipping since 2017 by purchasing certificates from our partner South Pole. In 2019 alone, we purchased a total of 1,128 certificates generated by the Xenamnoy Hydropower Plant Project in Laos. 1,128 certificates are equivalent to offsetting 1,128 tons of CO2 - which not only offsets the emissions generated by our shipments. In fact, they are significantly overcompensated for.

Laos aerial view

The Xenamnoy Hydropower Plant Project

Laos is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia and has about 7 million inhabitants on an area of 236,800 km². In Laos, as almost everywhere else in Asia, the demand for electricity is continuously increasing. Due to its location, the country has enormous potential for energy production through hydropower. Unfortunately, the country currently lacks the necessary economic resources to provide clean energy nationwide. Currently, the inhabitants of Laos cover their energy needs by using firewood. This not only leads to increased CO2 emissions, but also contributes significantly to the decline of the unique tropical forests in the region. Tropical forests, however, are the "green lungs" of our planet - their disappearance is further fueling climate change.

With the Xenamnoy Hydropower Plant Project, the immense hydropower potential of Laos is now being used to supply rural communities in particular with clean electricity from renewable energy sources. The power plant uses the natural power of running water to generate electricity. The total capacity of 14.8 MW is used to feed electricity into local power grids.

Since the start of the project, considerably less firewood has been used for energy production. The forests and vegetation in Laos are slowly but steadily recovering. This alone is a real reason for joy - but the project achieves much more! The hydroelectric power plant contributes directly to sustainable development on site by upgrading the infrastructure, implementing a water supply program for the local population and, last but not least, by creating jobs. At present, 23 jobs have been created for the local population, which is noticeably boosting the economy in the region. And to back up this success with hard numbers: 48,000 tons of CO2 are saved annually if water is used instead of firewood for energy production.

The Xenamnoy 1 project is Gold Standard certified, which is only awarded to projects that are proven to reduce greenhouse gases while being good for the local environment and social concerns of the population.

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Umspannwerk in Laos

South Pole: Climate protection for all

South Pole has set itself the goal of helping companies and governments to achieve the climate targets they have set - and thus help to limit global warming to the urgently needed 2° Celsius. To achieve this goal, South Pole brings together over 350 social entrepreneurs to accelerate the transformation to a climate-friendly society. Since its foundation in 2006 by five young entrepreneurs and graduates of the University of ETH Zurich, South Pole has grown to more than 250 employees. Offices on all continents are the starting point for interdisciplinarily trained sustainability experts who coordinate global, sustainable emissions trading and implement ecological projects all over the world with appropriate partners.

Climate Conscious by South Pole

Online Manufacturer supports assembly work at the world’s largest stellarator fusion reactor with CNC-machined special parts

FACTUREE supplies components for fusion research facility at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics

Berlin, 24 July 2020 – The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) with facilities in Garch¬ing and Greifswald is one of the largest centers for fusion research in Europe. Wendelstein 7-X at the IPP facility in Greifswald is the world’s largest and most modern “stellarator” fusion reactor. Here, the researchers aim to demonstrate the suitability of this special type of facility as a power plant in continuous operation, making it a key element of international fusi¬on research. In order to achieve their goal, the IPP depends on the efficient procurement of high-quality components. The Max Planck Institute therefore relies on the Online Manufacturer FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) to supply components for assembly work at the fusion research facility.

Being one of the largest centers for fusion research in Europe with facilities in Garching and Greifswald, the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) is a flagship project. With its experimental and theoretical basic research, the institute aims to reproduce the physical processes of the sun on Earth and generate energy from the fusion of atomic nuclei.

In this endeavor, the IPP uses the world’s largest and most modern stellarator fusion reactor, Wendelstein 7-X, which is located in Greifswald and began operating in 2015. As a pioneer in international fusion research, the project’s objective is to investigate the suitability of this special type of facility as a power plant in continuous operation. At the heart of the facility are five superconducting coils that generate a magnetic field cage in which a milligram of hydrogen gas is heated to temperatures greater than 100 million degrees to reach the plasma state.

Higher heat output and plasma discharge require special components

The fusion facility is currently being converted so that even higher heat output and longer plasma discharges can be achieved in the next operating phase. For supplying the assembly tools, support structures, tread plates, special parts for scaffolding, and aluminum and stainless components required for the modification work, IPP relies on “FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer”.

Broad production network ensures short delivery times

FACTUREE is a brand of cwmk GmbH and has an extensive production network in the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal forming, 3D printing, and finishing technology. The company can draw on a broad range of network partners, production technologies, and finishing treatments that enable fast supply times, a high potential for cost savings, and short-term deliveries on schedule. All FACTUREE partner companies are subject to continuous ISO 9001 certified data-driven quality management.

Andree Benndorf, employee in the Department of Assembly Technology at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), says: “We requested several quotes in accordance with the German procurement and contract procedures (VOL). FACTUREE provided their quote very quickly, within one to two days. We were impressed by their broad range of services as well as their pricing structures and short delivery times. FACTUREE has met 100% of its delivery dates up to now. We are also very satisfied with the quality of the components and will push to continue this cooperation.”

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 500 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining and surface technology. More than 6000 CNC machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. In addition to CNC turning and milling, FACTUREE's range of services also includes sheet metal processing and 3D printing. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

Why procuring components via online manufacturers leads to lower costs, greater efficiency and more reliable deliveries

Online manufacturer FACTUREE looks at "The future of parts procurement"

Berlin, July 15, 2020 – The manufacturing industry faces heightened competition in the age of globalization and digitalization. Many manufacturing companies deal with the challenge of managing the increasing complexity of products and delivering custom requests at high quality within ever shorter times. In order to meet the requirements, manufacturers are searching for external solutions and opt to purchase production parts. As a state-of-the-art concept of the procurement process, online manufacturing is based on digitalization, automation and networking. Online manufacturer FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) takes a look at modern parts procurement in a white paper available at https://media.facturee.de/downloads/whitepaper.pdf

The parts supplier market currently consists mainly of traditional contract manufacturers who offer third-party production of components as external manufacturing companies. Third-party production is used, for example, when a manufacturing company either has no own production capacity or its capacities are exhausted. However, long-term commitment to a certain supplier may limit the company's flexibility and leads to dependence. Flexibility, a high level of precision, and fast delivery times have become indispensable for the production of custom components. Many manufacturing companies therefore increasingly look for innovative solutions for procuring production parts.

"Especially in times of economic crisis, the disadvantages of traditional procurement processes such as conventional contract manufacturing suddenly come to light. Dependence on suppliers, disruptions in supply chains, and delivery bottlenecks have a significant impact on operations," explains Benjamin Schwab, Head of Marketing & Sales at FACTUREE. 

Online manufacturing network as a crisis-proof procurement concept

The parts supplier market is currently in the midst of significant changes. Especially in the coronavirus crisis, online manufacturing is gaining relevance as a crisis-proof procurement approach. Manufacturing networks can react much more flexibly and reliably to new developments than individual manufacturing companies.

Benjamin Schwab explains, "More and more companies are opting to procure parts via an online manufacturing network to safeguard their own operations. The network guarantees stable procurement processes that are facilitated by the rapid adjustment to the latest circumstances. Needs-based production or supply of components via an online manufacturer opens up new degrees of freedom for manufacturing companies. Customers can efficiently drive their own digital transformation without being affected by capacity bottlenecks and disproportionate personnel involvement."

Berlin-based cwmk GmbH operates under the FACTUREE brand name as an online manufacturer and offers its customers state-of-the-art procurement of production parts. The online manufacturer can ensure free capacities at any time, short response times, and fast deliveries with now more than 500 manufacturing partners with approx. 6000 machines.

Thanks to the huge range of services, even complex requests with varying production techniques and surface treatments can be carried out by a single contract partner. With AI-based supplier matching, the optimal manufacturer can be selected from the network, taking factors such as best quality, fastest delivery time and lowest price into consideration. ISO 9001 certified data-driven quality management ensures high-quality process standards. Orders are delivered after 9-12 working days by express shipment free of charge.

In its white paper "The future of parts procurement," FACTUREE looks at the market, the potential and the reasons why online manufacturing is crisis-proof, high-quality and efficient. It can be downloaded free of charge at https://media.facturee.de/downloads/whitepaper.pdf

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 500 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining and surface technology. More than 6000 CNC machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. In addition to CNC turning and milling, FACTUREE's range of services also includes sheet metal processing and 3D printing. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

Online manufacturer supplies machined parts for prototypes resulting in significant time and cost savings

Festo relies on parts from Online Manufacturer FACTUREE to develop functional prototypes

Berlin, 10th of July 2020 – Pneumatic and electrical control and drive technology play an important role in factory and process automation. In this field, Festo, the world’s leading automation technology manufacturer, supplies the market with products, systems, and services aimed at a wide range of requirements. To ensure efficient development activities including the development of new series, Festo relies on machined parts supplied by online manufacturer FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) for its functional prototypes. FACTUREE offers a wide range of manufacturing services, short provisioning times, and on-time delivery, enabling Festo to offer a flexible, high-quality response to the latest customer and market requirements.

Festo SE & Co. KG is a group of companies specializing in control and automation technology. The independent family-owned multinational company supplies pneumatic and electrical automation technology to 300,000 customers in over 35 industries. Festo is a global leader in both automation technology and technical training.

Components for functional prototypes required on short notice

Festo regularly launches new products on the market. These innovations are subjected to preliminary analyses and extensive functional tests, using new components that are required on short notice. In order to prevent delays to its development processes and to protect its own resources, Festo sources machined components from FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer.

Bodo Neef, Development Engineer at Festo, explains: “In the past, we often experienced bottlenecks when procuring prototype parts, which is why we decided to hand over production of the machined parts to FACTUREE.”

FACTUREE is a brand of cwmk GmbH, which has an extensive production network in the fields of CNC machining and surface technology. Advantages include a comprehensive system of partners, manufacturing technologies, and surface treatments, resulting in potential for savings, increased efficiency, and more reliable delivery, as unrestricted capacities and short supply times are guaranteed.

Among other assignments, Festo entrusted Berlin-based company FACTUREE with the manufacture of machined parts, including various designs of valve blocks, for the preliminary testing of a new positioner. The project also included the complete mechanical processing of special parts.

Axel Müller, a member of Festo’s positioner development team, says: “The components’ requirements involve very complex contours and superior surface quality. FACTUREE was the best fit of all evaluated providers. The wide range of production techniques as well as the guaranteed fast delivery time and the straightforward quotation process were decisive criteria. Some suppliers offer a similar portfolio, but could not deliver as quickly".

Online Manufacturing supports simple and fast procurement

The procurement process was very simple: 3D and 2D files created in-house by Festo were used by FACTUREE as production templates. The quote was prepared quickly. Festo was able to upload the prepared files and select the desired production method and material on the FACTUREE website. The components supplied by FACTUREE met all specifications and desired properties.

As a long-standing FACTUREE customer, Festo intends to continue its relationship with the component supplier and to adapt it to future requirements as needed.

“FACTUREE takes on the task of manufacturing complex components for special applications for us, freeing up valuable resources needed for other activities. Its reliable procurement process allows us to remain operational at all times, while thanks to its extensive network of manufacturing partners, FACTUREE is always able to offer us unrestricted capacity. The very reasonable quote was also a positive factor,” concludes Axel Müller.

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 500 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining and surface technology. More than 6000 CNC machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. In addition to CNC turning and milling, FACTUREE's range of services also includes sheet metal processing and 3D printing. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

First Rz-Ra calculator and fit calculator with quantity processing function and reciprocal calculation

“FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer” launches online tools for calculating production parts

Berlin, May 25, 2020 – Following a successful beta phase, Online Manufacturer FACTUREE is now offering full versions of its two new online tools – the first online calculator on the market to convert Rz/Ra roughness values and the first fit calculator to include a quantity processing function and reciprocal calculation. As an Online Manufacturing network, FACTUREE specializes in the easy procurement of CNC, sheet metal and 3D printed parts. Both of their new online tools are aimed at supporting engineers and students in designing and working with production parts. They are available free of charge at

https://www.facturee.de/en/online-tools/

Online Manufacturer FACTUREE uses digitalization, automation, and networking to offer its customers an advanced approach to procuring production parts. The company’s new online tools will help users in their everyday engineering tasks, with both solutions giving FACTUREE a unique selling point on the market.

“We’ve developed the first online calculator for converting Rx/Ra roughness values in all directions. There are several ways of determining the surface quality of manufactured parts. The most common are the roughness average, Ra, and the roughness depth, Rz. Since direct conversions of Rz and Ra are impossible, there hasn’t been an online tool addressing this challenge up to now. Our calculator outputs the average value of a conversion interval determined by us, which is sufficient in practice and provides significantly more accurate results than the various rules of thumb you’ll find on the Internet,” explains Benjamin Schwab, Head of Marketing & Sales at FACTUREE.

FACTUREE also offers an optimized fit calculator, the first of its kind on the market to provide a quantity processing function and reciprocal calculation. “Not only can the online fit calculator establish the maximum tolerated dimensions for a given nominal dimension and type of fit, it’s also the first fit calculator that features reciprocal calculation. This can be helpful if, alongside the nominal dimension, only the tolerance deviations and not the tolerance classes are specified on drawings. If both the internal and external fit are given, the type of fit, for example clearance fit, is also calculated, and visualized in a comprehensible way,” explains Benjamin Schwab.

FACTUREE has precisely tailored the online tools to customer requirements. Even in the beta phase, the tools were being accessed an average of over 1,000 times per day.

“The demand for the new online calculators is very high. During the beta phase, we collected feedback from users and used it to create the full version. For the fit calculator, for example, users also wanted to be able to calculate the center of tolerance, so we added this feature. In the future, we’ll continue taking the community’s requirements on board and creating the tools needed,” says Benjamin Schwab.

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 500 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining and surface technology. More than 6000 CNC machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. In addition to CNC turning and milling, FACTUREE's range of services also includes sheet metal processing and 3D printing. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

Leading motion and control technology manufacturer benefits from short delivery times, unrestricted capacity and high-quality components

Fast and precise: Parker Hannifin relies on state-of-the-art Online Manufacturing of turned and milled parts by FACTUREE

Berlin, March 25th 2020 In today’s world, a high level of precision and fast delivery times are crucial to the production of individual components. Online Manufacturer FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) is meeting these new requirements with its wide range of manufacturing services, quick response times and on-time delivery. To benefit from this cutting-edge procurement process, leading engineering company Parker Hannifin commissioned FACTUREE to produce special turned and milled parts for mounting devices in their engineering department. The move enables the company to efficiently drive its own digital transformation without being affected by capacity bottlenecks and disproportionate personnel involvement.

In many companies, the procurement of turned and milled parts is a very complex process due to operational structures and special requirements. Material, processing, execution and delivery time are essential and time- and cost-intensive factors that must be well planned and usually involve many different resources such as personnel and costs.

Parker Hannifin opts for efficient purchasing of components

As a leading supplier in its industry, Parker Hannifin relies on short procurement times and precision workmanship for the components it needs.
The engineering company, founded in 1917 with headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, is considered a global leader in the manufacture of motion and control technologies. Parker Hannifin, which has been operating in Germany since 1962, specialises in hydraulics, pneumatics, electromechanics, filtration, connection technology, refrigeration/air conditioning, sealing technology, aerospace and EMI shielding.

Daniel Scharnowski, test bench engineer at Parker Hannifin, explains: “Until November 2019, these components were still being manufactured in Germany at our prototype department. Up to 80% of our trainees were involved in the process, which the company felt was a problem. That’s why we decided to outsource the production of the parts to an online manufacturer. We hope that the end-to-end digitisation and automation of the ordering process resulting from this advanced approach to procuring turned and milled parts via an online network will lead to greater efficiency. When combined with high quality, this should give us a competitive advantage”.

After an evaluation phase, Parker Hannifin chose FACTUREE, a brand of Berlin- based company cwmk GmbH. “We obviously wanted to avoid the often time- consuming search for new manufacturers, different contacts when concluding contracts, missed delivery deadlines, etc. Online manufacturer FACTUREE won us over with a quick quote and a relatively short delivery time. Ultimately, their fast response time and wide range of manufacturing services were the deciding factors”, explains Scharnowski.

Components for mounting devices produced in a complex process

Parker Hannifin first commissioned FACTUREE in November 2019 to produce special components for mounting devices in their engineering department. FACTUREE proved the perfect choice, with its extensive production network of over 500 manufacturing partners in the fields of CNC machining and surface technology. It has over 6,000 CNC machines at its disposal at any given time. All partners comply with the requirements of an ISO 9001-certified, data-driven quality management system.

The components were manufactured using sophisticated turning and milling methods, with extremely narrow tolerances and, in some cases, additional fits. The complex manufacturing process also involved special surface treatments. The surfaces were first copper-plated, then nickel-plated in a subsequent step, before being partially polished and laser engraved.

Delivery earlier than expected

Daniel Scharnowski sums up: “Despite the complex manufacturing process involving high quantities and tight delivery deadlines, FACTUREE was actually able to deliver the components before the agreed delivery date. The speed at which orders were processed and the personal customer service also impressed us. We therefore look forward to strengthening our working relationship with FACTUREE”.

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 500 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining and surface technology. More than 6000 CNC machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. In addition to CNC turning and milling, FACTUREE's range of services also includes sheet metal processing and 3D printing. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

Digitization, automation and networking as the only solution: large manufacturing network offers free capacity and short delivery times

Remaining operational during the coronavirus crisis: reliable procurement processes with online manufacturer FACTUREE

Berlin, March 20th 2020 – The coronavirus is not only paralyzing much of public life, but sections of industry too, with far-reaching consequences. Many manufacturing companies are coming under massive pressure, unable to manufacture at their usual rate due to closed borders, cut-off supply routes and quarantine measures. As a result, they are turning to the procurement of parts via an online manufacturing network. Online manufacturer FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) is currently experiencing a massive increase in demand, as the Berlin-based company, with its steadily growing worldwide network of manufacturing partners (currently more than 500), can offer free capacity through reallocation and short delivery times even in times of crisis. It’s expected that the approach will eventually replace conventional contract manufacturing.

“Due to the crisis, we’re currently experiencing a massive surge in online manufacturing. Across all industries, the digitization, automation and networking of processes is becoming more important than ever – there’s really no alternative. Procurement processes via an online network have significant advantages over those of traditional contract manufacturing. If a conventional manufacturing facility has to be closed down completely due to a coronavirus case, supply is interrupted. As an online manufacturing network however, we can avoid supply bottlenecks even in difficult times by reallocating production, while our state-of-the-art infrastructure enables us to quickly adapt our production activities to the circumstances”, explains Lukas Schlicker, Head of Purchasing at FACTUREE.

Global network of partners ensures high availability

Thanks to its global, ever-growing network of over 500 partners, online manufacturer FACTUREE is able to offer its CNC, sheet metal working, 3D printing and surface treatment services even during the coronavirus crisis.

With its extensive network of CNC machining and surface technology partners, FACTUREE has over 6,000 CNC machines available for projects at any given time. All partners comply with the requirements of a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001.

Lukas Schlicker adds: “We’ve received many enquiries as to whether we still have sufficient capacity and can maintain our usual short delivery times. And the answer to this continues to be a definite ‘yes’. We’ve also confirmed with our logistics partners that reliable deliveries are still possible. Of course, in a global crisis situation like this, FACTUREE may also experience delays, but we will be able to resolve these very quickly. Our risk of a long delay is also inherently much lower than in conventional contract manufacturing”.

Rigorous digitization of internal work processes at FACTUREE

FACTUREE has immediately implemented all recommended measures and codes of conduct at its location in Berlin. As the company has always had advanced systems in place, no changes were necessary as a result of the coronavirus crisis – employees were already ready to work from home. Staff in the logistics department have been split into small teams that will work in shifts for the time being. FACTUREE is also supporting its manufacturing partners in implementing the safety measures currently required.

Lukas Schlicker explains: “We’re able to maintain our operations and our range of services without any significant restrictions and thus help our customers remain operational, giving them a certain degree of stability in uncertain times. We believe that the crisis is a major opportunity for us, because many companies will now realise that this new way of purchasing offers great benefits in terms of availability and efficiency, as well as very high quality – and that it’s the future, even after the crisis”.

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 500 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining and surface technology. More than 6000 CNC machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. In addition to CNC turning and milling, FACTUREE's range of services also includes sheet metal processing and 3D printing. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

FACTUREE will participate for the first time in Mittelständischer Metalltag [SME Metal Day], which will take place this year on 25.08.2020 (original date: 18.03.) in Schwedt/Oder.

The main organizer is the Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft Unternehmerverband Deutschlands e.V. (BVMW)

The theme of this year's Metal Day is: Change through Innovation! Challenges and opportunities for medium-sized companies..

We are looking forward to entering into direct exchange with many regional medium-sized companies from the metal industry.

If you would like to get in personal contact with us, please feel free to write to us 

FACTUREE is invited to the 6th BMÖ Expertendialog Einkauf 4.0 - AUSTRIAN DIGITAL PROCUREMENT DAY with the topic Challenges, solutions and developments in digital value chains and how to deal with them professionally in purchasing.

Our Managing Director and CTO, Christopher Walzel, will give a presentation at 16:20 on Online manufacturing and the future of procurement and will then take part in a panel discussion with three other supply chain-related start-ups, moderated by Prof. Dr.-Ing Robert Dust (TU Berlin, Deputy Chairman of the BME Region Berlin-Brandenburg).

We are looking forward to the event and would be happy to meet some of our numerous customers from Austria there. Please contact us for this purpose in advance.

Manufacturing network calls for affordable new mobility options and provides employees in Berlin with cost-effective annual season ticket for local public transport system

Low-cost travel: Berlin-based online manufacturer FACTUREE offers its employees “365-Euro-Ticket”

Berlin, February 11th, 2020 The shaping of the mobility of the future continues to gain momentum in 2020. Many people would like to see a socially equitable mobility transition, including for public transport. While the “365-Euro-Ticket” – an annual season ticket that gives users unlimited travel in a particular area for just 1 Euro a day – may support this transition, its suitability for Berlin is currently the subject of controversial discussion. Online manufacturer FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) is setting an example as the first company in Berlin to offer its employees a 365-Euro-Ticket. The aim is to encourage new mobility options, including public transport as an affordable alternative for private individuals.

The 365-Euro-Ticket is an annual season ticket, which, for just 1 Euro per day, gives users unlimited travel in a specific zone of the public transport system. Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller is currently pushing the Federal Ministry of Transport to allow Berlin to participate in a nationwide pilot project trialling this kind of season ticket for bus and train. Austrian capital Vienna is being used as an example for Berlin, having offered a similar season ticket since 2012.

Supporters of the ticket are facing critical opposition, however, with economic aspects among the issues being discussed. For example, the initiative in Vienna did not result in any new customers using the buses and trains – the strategy of developing the transport infrastructure and increasing parking fees, on the other hand, has been considered more successful.

Mobility transition as key element of sustainable urban development

The annual ticket is intended to make public transport more attractive to employees and employers. Employer contributions towards tickets from public transport company Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) became tax-free again at the start of the year, with the BVG additionally subsidising the tickets. And generous employer contributions from Berlin-based online manufacturer FACTUREE allow its employees to benefit from tickets costing just 1 Euro per day (365 Euros per year).

With this scheme, FACTUREE is actively leading the way and hopes to motivate other companies to do the same. “The mobility of the future should be affordable, appropriate for the city and climate-friendly. While politicians and experts are still talking, we’re already implementing the 365-Euro-Ticket idea on a small scale”, says Benjamin Schwab, Head of Marketing & Sales at cwmk GmbH (FACTUREE).

Online manufacturer FACTUREE is the first ISO 9001-certified manufacturing network for turned and milled parts, which explains its focus on quality and sustainability. “We implement sustainable developments and processes when it comes to both our services and our actions as a company. For example, we’ve been offsetting all our shipping CO2 emissions since 2018. Climate-neutral shipping is just one element of our sustainability strategy which helps us to make an important contribution to the future of the German economy and society”, explains Benjamin Schwab.

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 500 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining and surface technology. More than 6000 CNC machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. In addition to CNC turning and milling, FACTUREE's range of services also includes sheet metal processing and 3D printing. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

Greater efficiency and reduced workload for purchasers through integrated, automated and digital procurement – FACTUREE, with the widest range of services in the industry

“FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer” shows the procurement of the future for production parts

Berlin, January 15th 2020 – In times of globalization and digitization, the market demands ever faster production and low-cost services with high quality from production companies. A core task for buyers of components is therefore the optimization of procurement processes. The online manufacturer FACTUREE (www.facturee.de/en) provides the “procurement of the future” through digitization, automation and networking. The CNC manufacturing network currently has the broadest range of production techniques and surface treatments in the industry. 

“Production companies that depend on suppliers have to take digital transformation into account not only in manufacturing but in purchasing as well. The challenge here is also to digitize, integrate and automate processes in order to reduce costs, increase productivity and thus ultimately remain competitive,” explains Benjamin Schwab, Head of Marketing & Sales at cwmk GmbH. “By changing the purchasing strategy for production parts this way, there is considerable potential for savings and efficiency gains – and all this with the same or better quality of components and increased delivery reliability”.

cwmk GmbH, which operates as an online manufacturer under the brand name FACTUREE and has a constantly growing production network of more than 250 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining and surface technology, demonstrates how this works. Over 1500 CNC machines are constantly available for projects, which means that free capacities and short delivery times are always guaranteed. FACTUREE has a unique selling point due to the industry’s widest range of manufacturing techniques in CNC and sheet metal processing, 3D printing and surface treatments.

High quality is also guaranteed: All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system, which is certified according to ISO 9001. The company is the first ISO 9001-certified manufacturing network with a full-service offering on the market.

Procurement 4.0: Time savings and planning reliability

“This modern way of sourcing production parts changes the buyer’s field of activity. Projects no longer have to be split up according to manufacturing techniques and assigned to different suppliers. This means that contracts with different partners, through whom multi-part production processes such as CNC machining with subsequent surface treatment would otherwise have to be handled in a time-consuming manner, are no longer necessary. Purchasers are relieved of a large part of their previous tasks, such as supplier searches and qualification, and freed of logistical efforts,” explains Benjamin Schwab.

Digitized processes such as automated read-out and classification of CAD data and the use of machine-learning algorithms for price calculation and supplier matching guarantee efficiency and speed. All in all, the cooperation with FACTUREE results in planning security and delivery reliability, cost reductions as well as high quality through ISO-certified processes.

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Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 250 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining and surface technology. More than 1500 CNC machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. In addition to CNC turning and milling, FACTUREE's range of services also includes sheet metal processing and 3D printing. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en

UPDATE: Girls' Day 2020 will unfortunately not take place due to the Corona crisis. Whether there will be an alternative date is not yet known.

This year again, FACTUREE - The Online Manufacturer is participating in the Girls' Day Girls' Future Day and offers interested young girls an insight into the following areas of our work: 

  • Programming (Frontend-Development)
  • Online marketing
  • Logistics
  • Technical purchasing
 
The Girls' Day will take place this year on 26.03.2020 and applications by mail or the online platform of the Girls' Day will still be accepted.

First ISO 9001-certified manufacturing network for turned and milled parts - high quality, process reliability and customer focus officially confirmed

"FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer" takes a pioneering role in the market with its ISO 9001 certification.

Berlin, January 7th 2020 The Online Manufacturer FACTUREE is now ISO 9001 certified. The CNC manufacturing network enables its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. The certification emphasizes that the company has a continuously improved quality management system and the associated high efficiency. FACTUREE is the first supplier in its segment to have this certification. This results in a significantly increased market potential for the company.

"ISO 9001 certification is widely used for manufacturing companies with their own machines, but it is clearly an exception for manufacturing networks. This gives us a unique position, because none of our direct competitors has such a certification," explains Benjamin Schwab, Head of Marketing & Sales at cwmk GmbH, and adds: "Some companies may only purchase technical components such as turned and milled parts from ISO 9001-certified manufacturing companies. Now we can also serve this target group, from which we had already received many inquiries before.”

Short delivery times and high quality standards at the same time

cwmk GmbH operates under the brand name FACTUREE as an Online Manufacturer. The company has an extensive and constantly growing production network of over 250 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining and surface technology. More than 1500 CNC machines are constantly available for projects. Thus free capacities and short delivery times are always given. At the same time, FACTUREE ensures high quality: All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system, which is now certified according to ISO 9001.

"Our customers can rely on our quality management system to be permanently maintained, further developed and continuously improved in accordance with the specific requirements of the standard. The auditors have officially confirmed that we have an above-average, well-functioning and effective management system that is appreciated and observed by our employees," explains Benjamin Schwab.

ISO 9001 is based on seven principles: customer focus, leadership, engagement of people, process approach, improvement, evidence-based decision making and relationship management. The accompanying quality management system structures work, increases performance and creates the basis for sustainable development and competitiveness.

Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:

cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 500 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining and surface technology. More than 6000 CNC machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. In addition to CNC turning and milling, FACTUREE's range of services also includes sheet metal processing and 3D printing. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.

Further information: www.facturee.de/en