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Smaller engineering teams have the advantage of being more agile, due to necessity. Their lack of resources require maximum efficiency. With today’s technology, these teams can leverage shared manufacturing resources like 3D print on demand and shared manufacturing facilities. The internet and secure networks make it possible to access shared engineering resources to fill whatever gaps in skills or specialties.
Integrated cloud solutions and subscription pricing models help give the smaller companies access to the high powered tools, typically only affordable to larger players with enterprise deals. Smaller companies don’t have to deal with capital expenditure that come with maintaining high end software and solutions, thus not resulting in depreciation and lower “sunk” costs. Pay-as-you-need software gives them the ability to leverage shared software resources, and lowers risk, which smaller engineering teams simply can’t afford.