The custom part manufacturing industry is changing. American job shops face new threats. This report will help shop owners identify risks and take advantage of new trends:

  • Product development cycles are shorter
  • Part buyers go to the internet for fast quotes and short lead times
  • Buyers expect quotes in hours and parts in days without a conversation
  • Top part manufacturers are investing in building web based software quoting, ordering, and design feedback tools to connect with buyers on the internet
  • One of the first to use these tools was Protolabs, who now has $400M+ in revenue
  • Digital quotes and online ordering are key to new custom part revenue
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