Clients can have very particular needs. United Press International recently shared the story of a pair of businesses that had to manufacture a new rib cage for a cancer patient. Australian companies CSIRO and Anatomics used 3D printing technology to scan a 54-year-old man’s body and create a customized replacement skeletal structure out of medical-grade metal. Traditional implants can loosen over time, creating a product that fits perfectly into an individual’s body alleviates this problem. Customized medical implants are an example of make-to-order manufacturing, and while not every company has a 3D printer, many businesses use technology and data processes to create personalized products. Make-to-order procedures offer manufacturers many advantages but require a constant flow of information.