John Dulchinos, Vice President, Digital Manufacturing, Jabil
When 3D printing initially gained mindshare with consumers, a jetsonian future crystallized, where we built rather than bought. A future where we could have it our way, from the comfort of our own home. Since that initial wave of hype, technical constraints have limited this promising technology to niche applications. And while we understand that 3D printing will change everything we know about manufacturing, labor and supply chains, the arrival of that future state has proven elusive. Within the last year, new technological advances have product brands mobilizing to ride the first wave of high volume, high quality 3D printing production.
The challenge for most becomes where to begin. This presentation will summarize the learnings of a journey by one of the industry’s largest manufacturers into the world of additive manufacturing. In studying Jabil’s $18B business and mapping the latest in additive technology, specific areas and process steps have now been identified as being ready to economically adopt many of 3D printing’s core benefits. Given the many promises made to factories over the past two decades, its imperative to understand where the technologies’ advances intersect today’s manufacturing challenges and opportunities in keeping pace in a digital economy.