9 Ways Additive Manufacturing Shifts Supply Chain

Traditional manufacturing methodologies have formed large monolithic production centers in regions with low-cost labor, where consumer goods are manufactured tens of thousands of miles from consumers. Additive manufacturing has begun reducing the dependency on these types of production paradigms by bringing production closer to consumption and shipping data rather than product which collapses the entire supply chain.

For several years, Jabil has been deployed 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, taking it from the maker and prototyping ranks to real-world industrial production. We’ve worked with world leading 3D Printing technology platforms, including high-speed sintering, selective laser sintering (SLS), fused filament fabrication (FFF), and stereolithography (SLA), to make sure the machines, processes, and materials (MPM) are robust enough to be used consistently at high volume and serial production.

The market is growing at a robust rate, according to analysts. The industrial 3D printing market is expected to grow at a  compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.21% between 2018 and 2023, according to a recent report from ReportLinker,  Additive manufacturing promises to reduce manufacturing costs, process downtime, and lead times, as well as a need for customization all do thier part in increasing demand for the technology.  

We fully expect additive manufacturing to change not just how we manufacturer, but also where. This will have some interesting impacts on the supply chain, most of which are positive for the brands, consumers, and environment. Here are a few ways additive manufacturing is shrinking the supply chain while ushering in true just-in-time, distributed manufacturing. Click on the image below to start a slideshow of the biggest changes on the horizon (or already here).

9 Ways Additive Manufacturing Shifts Supply Chain

Image courtesy: Jabil

Image courtesy: Jabil

Additive manufacturing transforms our world

Additive manufacturing is a major driver in the digital transformation of manufacturing. The world of manufacturing and the supply chain is changing dramatically as this revolution continues to gain momentum. It will become more digital, more visible, more traceable, more flexible and more agile. Those who embrace this change will be winners. Those who do not will be disrupted, irrelevant or forgotten.

1 comment on “9 Ways Additive Manufacturing Shifts Supply Chain

  1. EdwardThirlwall
    July 14, 2018

    The market is ever-evolving and we as entrepreneurs need to keep up. Without progress, there is bound to be stagnance and this is not a positive outlook for any type of business regardless of the market that we are in. Some changes are mandatory to be followed even if at a gradual pace over a prolonged period of time. The key is to always ensure the latest market trends are constantly being adapted or adopted depending on the situation at that moment in time.

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