Jabil Circuit Inc. (St. Petersburg, CA) has announced the installation of the first production units of Hewlett Packard’s (HP; Palo Alto, CA) much-heralded Jet Fusion 3D 4200 printer in North America. As an HP foundational customer, Jabil is working with HP to transition 3D printing “from a prototyping tool into a full-blown solution for bringing new products to market in half the time and cost” associated with traditional manufacturing methods.
At Jabil’s Blue Sky Innovation Center in San Jose, CA, digital manufacturing experts are busy developing value-added 3D-printing capabilities, including material qualification and process and quality validation, as well as supply chain integration, to accelerate the new product introduction process. Most importantly, Jabil is exerting its half-century of manufacturing expertise to fill current gaps in the market and move 3D printing into the mainstream, said Jabil’s latest release.
Jabil’s 3D printing value proposition bases the technology’s accelerated path to volume-scale manufacturing on:
- Engineering support to drive adoption of advanced technologies in volume-scale manufacturing;
- design expertise through Radius, a Jabil company;
- end-to-end 3D printing process control including printing, material handling systems, post processing and automation;
- quality control; and
- a smart digital supply chain.
Integration with a global, digital supply chain empowers the manufacture of products at or close to the point of consumption. For example, 3D printing will enable Jabil customer Superfeet to efficiently produce custom insoles in 15 minutes with an extremely high degree of replication.
Jabil is a production solutions company providing comprehensive electronics design, production and product management services to global electronics and technology companies. With facilities in 28 countries, Jabil offers complete product supply chain management and individualized solutions to customers in a broad range of industries.