SAP and UPS are delivering distributed manufacturing innovations with their new 3D printing initiative.
With the SAP Distributed Manufacturing solution from SAP and UPS, companies can efficiently handle variable customer demands and compress manufacturing cycles. By analyzing inventory, SAP can help customers identify which components of their products are best suited for 3D printing and help find the right partners for printing. The result is a new level of supply chain agility to meet fast-changing customer needs.
On-Demand Manufacturing, with United Parcel Service / Fast Radius/ SAP Leonardo
Researchers expect 3D printing to be a $21 billion dollar market by 2020 (*Wohlers Associates 2016). That will transform the manufacturing industry: supply chains will be activated on demand, and companies can reduce parts inventory and more quickly create new parts to save money. See how an unprecedented collaboration between SAP Leonardo, United Parcel Service and Fast Radius is already delivering on-demand manufacturing.
Manufacturers in all industries must adapt and grow their business to meet today’s ever-changing customer demands – without being constrained by an inflexible supply chain or traditional manufacturing approaches. With the SAP Distributed Manufacturing solution from SAP and UPS, you can efficiently handle variable customer demands and compress your manufacturing cycles.
Machine goes down at the worst time? See how UPS 3D Printing Solutions can print the part you need.
Alan Amling, UPS VP of Strategy received the Innovator's Award at SAP Ariba Live on March 22, 2017. Starting in 2015, UPS has collaborated & co-innovated with SAP/Ariba on establishing a standard business process for Industrial 3D Printing and delivering on the vision of Manufacturing As A Service. Alan Amling led this effort at UPS and SAP is delighted to award Alan this innovation award for UPS' ongoing partnership and co-innovation with SAP.
Cost-effectiveness of small production and prototype runs
Production consistency with high-quality, low-cost certified parts
Reimagine product design made possible with 3D printing
Access to 3D printing to customers who have currently not invested in the technology
Significantly with a reduction in parts inventory
Faster than ever before – even within a day
Next revolution in industrial manufacturing
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As 3D printing becomes more accessible on a wider scale, companies across a diverse range of industries stand to benefit
Healthcare is showcasing some of 3D printing’s biggest impacts. Companies are already able to rapidly build prosthetic limbs, knee and hip implants, specialized parts for life-saving medical devices, and the list goes on. What could be next?
Aerospace & Defense companies are using 3D printing to manufacture a range of production items – from simple aircraft seats to complex engines. These new 3D-native parts are reducing airplane weight and fuel costs, while increasing the availability of parts at the point of use.
A survey of 100 top manufacturers revealed two-thirds are using 3D printing, some for rapid prototyping and others for production of custom parts. As 3D printing techniques evolve to handle multiple materials and faster processes, rapid prototyping will be supplanted by rapid production.
Along with using 3D printing to rapidly make prototypes, many automotive manufacturers are now manufacturing production parts, including shapes that can’t be mold-cast or forged. This helps slash costs by producing specialist parts in-house and reducing excess stock by manufacturing parts on demand.
Three focus areas to help you go beyond prototyping
- Quickly analyze suitability of parts for 3D printing
- Enable digitization of existing parts into 3D-printable files and connectivity to backend systems
- Collaborate with 3D printing partners to identify suitable materials, machines, rotations and post-processing steps
- Approve 3D printed parts and develop detailed printing and quality control instructions
- Optimize supply chain and manufacturing processes by leveraging the flexibility of 3D-printable approved parts
- Improve business efficiencies by leveraging SAP business networks and UPS logistics expertise