Jabil Realizing Production Agility through ‘Desktop’ 3D Printing
The ability for enterprise employees to create a small replacement part, tool, prototype or usable product with a 3D printer directly at their desk has historically been viewed as a hopeful wish, yet unattainable due to cost, physical printing restrictions, and machine and part quality. However, recent industry innovations have completely overhauled manufacturing workflow structures, and made the notion of desktop 3D printing a reality that’s completely changing the way many businesses manufacture and design. In this session, Tim DeRosett of Jabil Additive, together with John Kawola of Ultimaker North America, will demonstrate how the implementation of desktop 3D printers in the enterprise can introduce a new level of efficiency, accessibility and collaboration to the manufacturing process—providing significant time and cost benefits while playing an important role in a company’s overall digital transformation strategy. DeRosett will share how Jabil, one of the largest manufacturing service providers in the world, is using desktop printers to cut production time by 80% and reduce the cost of tooling by 30%. Both presenters will provide best practices for integrating desktop printers into the enterprise and discuss where they see the future of desktop 3D printing heading, focusing on distributed manufacturing, in particular.