Tuesday 22nd Aug 2017 - Logistics & Supply Chain

UPS to launch 3D printing in the US

UPS is to target manufacturing customers in the US with a 3D printing service.

UPS-3D-printingThe plan is to launch an on-demand manufacturing network that links its global logistics network with 3D printers at The UPS Store in more than 60 sites around the US and Fast Radius’ On Demand Production Platform and 3D printing factory in Louisville, Kentucky.

Customers will visit the Fast Radius web site to place 3D printing orders, which will be directed to the optimal manufacturing or The UPS Store location based on speed, geography, and the product quality the customer requires. Orders can be shipped as early as same day.

SAP’s supply chain solutions will be integrated with UPS’s on-demand manufacturing solution and global logistics network.

“UPS is a leader in bringing industrial-strength 3D printing to reality. By building this disruptive technology into our supply chain models, we also bring new value to our manufacturing customers of all sizes,” said Stan Deans, president, UPS Global Distribution & Logistics.

The service is designed for:

manufacturers wanting to reduce inventory for slow-moving parts;

manufacturers with short production runs where the cost to create the mould or tooling could make these orders too expensive for traditional manufacturing;

manufacturers and retailers of custom/semi-custom goods as additive manufacturing allows cost-effective customization of goods;

and industrial designers and engineers who want high quality rapid prototypes delivered quickly.

“Additive manufacturing technology is still developing rapidly so ‘manufacturing as a service’ is a smart approach for many companies,” said Deans.

HP unveils production ready 3D printer

HP Jet FusionHP has unveiled the Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution which it reckons is the world’s first production-ready commercial 3D printing system.

It says the Jet Fusion deliver parts up to ten times faster and at half the cost of current 3D print systems. By printing functional parts at the individual voxel level (a voxel is the 3D equivalent of a 2D pixel in traditional printing), HP says it offers the ability to transform part properties and deliver mass customisation.

The Jet Fusion 3D 3200 printer is designed for prototyping, offering improved productivity and the capacity to grow usage at a lower cost per part.

The Jet Fusion 3D 4200 printer is designed for prototyping and short-run manufacturing needs, with high productivity to meet same-day demands at the lowest cost per part.

Pricing for the HP Jet Fusion 3D 3200 Printer starts at € 120,000. Pricing for the complete end-to-end solution starts at €145,000.

“Our 3D printing platform is unique in its ability to address over 340 million voxels per second, versus one point at a time, giving our prototyping and manufacturing partners radically faster build speeds, functional parts and breakthrough economics,” said Stephen Nigro, president of HP’s 3D printing business.

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