As HP developed its next generation 3d printer for industrial usage, they needed some heavy hitting beta partners to test their machine and see if it was up to the task of creating durable end use parts on a consistent basis.
They turned to Jabil, the world’s third largest manufacturing company.
“As we think about the next three years, yes, mass customization will allow us to create some really cool geometries,” John Duclhinos, a Vice President at Jabil said back in July. “But what’s really captivating is that [3D printing] is going to support low-to middle-volume manufacturing.”
This month, Jabil announced that it was moving out of the pre-production beta phase of the partnership, and was actively using HP’s Multi Jet Fusion printer for production ready parts that would meet the consumer.
“From a legal standpoint, we couldn’t technically make real parts on the pre-production unit,” said Dulchinos, VP of global automation and 3-D printing. “They wouldn’t stand behind the printer’s delivering at a level that would be considered parts that we could conduct commerce with.”
Since the Multi Jet Fusion promises to print 10x faster than its competition, Dulchinos and his team see a real advantage using HP’s new technology.
“These are the first printers that HP has delivered that can be used to produce real production-grade parts,” Dulchinos told Industry Week in December. “They have the capability to produce parts that have a level of mechanical integrity, a level of finish and quality and speed that allows us to start to find use cases that move into thousands of units break-even points, and even tens of thousands of units break-even points.”
Part of HP’s future lies in the success of their 3d printing program and part of Jabil’s future lies in adapting to changes in the global supply chain, as companies produce parts and goods quicker and in lower volumes than in the past.
“Where it really excels in value is when you start to think about the ability to create more customized and personalized products, Dulchinos said. “Today, because of just the inherent cost to make, … 3-D printing allows you to open up your thinking and say, instead of making 10,000 of the same thing, you can make 10 different versions and more accurately target a market solution. In the extreme case, if you want to make personalized products, like footwear, 3-D printing makes it such that if you’re making 1,000 different variants instead of one, the costs are essentially the same.”
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