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Trends in 3D Printing Manufacturing

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From its initial conception, 3D printing (additive manufacturing) has had the potential to completely transform how goods are manufactured. But even 20 years after 3D printing was introduced, manufacturers must address diverse challenges. In our exploration of the current realities in this arena, 303 professionals responsible for 3D printing at manufacturing companies were surveyed.

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Trends in 3D Printing Manufacturing

  1. 1. TRANSFORMING MANUFACTURING WITH 3D PRINTING PRODUCTION USING 3D PRINTING SURVEY DEMOGRAPHICS �Jabil, Inc. 2017. All Rights Reserved. SOURCE www.jabil.com/blog MATERIALS USED IN 3D PRINTING STAKEHOLDERS EXPECT SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH Faster time to market of new ideas Innovation in product design and performance Speed production times Increased customization and personalization Design freedom Cost reduction No in-house expertise Cost of system equipment Cost of materials Part quality Limited selection of materials Technology limitations TOP SIX BENEFITS OF 3D PRINTING TOP SIX CHALLENGES OF 3D PRINTING INDUSTRIES UTILIZING 3D PRINTING FOR PRODUCTION PARTS INCLUDE: DIFFERENT ROLES EXPECT TO AT LEAST DOUBLE THEIR 3D PRINTING USE 78% Executives 64% Team Managers 52% Individual Contributors 41% Automotive Tooling Electronics Aerospace Medical 35% 29% 23% 19% REPORT THEY EXPECT TO USE 3D PRINTING FOR PRODUCTION PARTS IN THE NEXT 3-5 YEARS 93% USE 3D PRINTING Team Manager 53% Individual Contributor 30% Executive 15% Consultant 2% JOB LEVEL COMPANY SIZE <100 Employees >1,000 Employees 100-1,000 Employees 22% 40% 38% 31% 20% 16% 5%13%15% Operations or Supply Chain Design or Engineering Procurement, Purchasing or Sourcing General Business Executive Research and Development Packaging or Brand ROLE HOW MANUFACTURERS USE 3D PRINTING ?? ? ? 3D PRINTING IS COMMON BUT EXTENT OF USE IS LIMITED Prototyping 70% Production Parts 36% Tooling & Fixtures 33% Bridge Production 28% Repair 16% Other 5% Plastics/Polymers 32%81% 34% 8% Composites Metals Ceramics 3D PRINTING USE IS GROWING DRAMATICALLY WHO CHAMPIONS THE ADOPTION OF 3D PRINTING? Engineering & Development Production & Manufacturing Operations Procurement Brand 70% 50% 29% 13% 12% OF MANUFACTURERS WANT TO BE THE FIRST FOLLOWER IN THEIR INDUSTRY TO ADOPT 3D PRINTING 85% 91% SAY 3D PRINTING CHANGED OR WILL CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK AND OPERATE From its initial conception, 3D printing has had the potential to completely transform how goods are manufactured. But even 20 years after 3D printing was introduced, manufacturers must address diverse challenges. In our exploration of the current realities in this arena, 303 professionals responsible for 3D printing at manufacturing companies were surveyed. PARTICIPANTS FROM NORTH AMERICA BELIEVE 3D PRINTING WILL INCREASE OPPORTUNITIES TO ON-SHORE, RATHER THAN OFF-SHORE 88% 23% 40% 30% Increase 5X or more Increase 2X or more Increase Somewhat 81% INDUSTRIES REPRESENTED Electronics Tooling Automotive Medical Aerospace Food & Beverage Consumer Goods Footwear & Apparel Construction Other 23% 17% 15% 12% 9% 3% 9% 5% 4% 4%

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