Jabil Additive Manufacturing
The Benefits of Additive Manufacturing
The global competitive landscape is changing at a rapid pace. Companies are forced to reassess their business models, approaches to product innovation and introduction, and the manufacturing, production and delivery of their products.
Across a range of industries, companies are realizing the strength and benefits of additive manufacturing – also known as 3D printing - in responding to industry change and in supporting how they reframe their business strategies.
The continual and steady growth of technologies, materials, processes, and capabilities has positioned additive manufacturing as the ideal solution for multiple industries.
From design through quality assurance to final product delivery, additive manufacturing reduces the time-to-market from months to days. The dependency on traditional manufacturing tooling, designs, fixtures, and materials is eliminated.
Designers can put multiple iterations of 3D printed prototypes into the hands of quality assurance, certification and human factors experts faster, speeding the review and approval time of new products and reducing the downtime that comes with lengthy review and design cycles.
Additive manufacturing design is liberated from the rules of traditional manufacturing methods. Consider designed lattice structures that are high strength accompanied by a relatively low mass. The challenge is that they tend to have complex geometry variations in three dimensions, which is difficult or impossible to manufacture through traditional processes but are feasible with additive manufacturing. Designing for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) combines art, science and skill.
Mass Customization and Personalization
The Internet age has given rise to demands for increasingly customized and personalized products. With additive manufacturing capabilities, customers can, for example, log into a secure website and design a custom pair of running shoes with the exact colors, materials and cushioning they want and receive the shoes within a week. The costs that come with warehousing, shipping and eventually disposing of end-of-life products are minimized.
Distributed Manufacturing and Production
Additive manufacturing removes geographic barriers by digitally connecting factories around the globe enabling distributed manufacturing, allowing companies to design in one location and manufacture in one that is closer to the end consumer. Inventory management shrinks to managing a digital file that is easily sent across platforms to manufacture a product in the ideal consumer location.
BOM and Supply Chain Consolidation
The benefits that come from shrinking a component from 60 individual parts to just five has a massive trickle-down effect throughout your entire business model. The supply chain is tightened and improved, the reliability and consistency of production increases, parts are lighter and use smarter design geometries, tooling and fixture costs are eliminated, and the durability and lifecycle of parts increase. A recent survey on supply chain risk mitigation supports these trends.
Low- and Mid-Volume Production
Many companies are limited by the costs and logistics that come with manufacturing and delivering low- and mid-volume production batches. However, in this era of personalization and customization, the ability to quickly deliver a low-volume production run cost-effectively is a business requirement.
The combined benefits of faster time-to-market, smarter designs and materials, distributed manufacturing and production, and on-demand and on-location production, companies can meet customer demand for low- and mid-volume production batches. The Jabil Additive Manufacturing Network can help you reap all these benefits.
Differentiate with Jabil Additive Manufacturing
The benefits that come with Jabil Additive Manufacturing allow your company to stand out and differentiate itself. Be the company that consumers turn to when they need products and parts that are innovative, reliable, available, and consistent. Use the form on the right to get in touch.