The ability for enterprise employees to produce a small replacement part, create a prototype, or develop a usable product via a 3D printer directly at their desk has historically been viewed as a hopeful wish, yet unattainable due to cost and physical printing restrictions. Until recently, most professional users would dismiss desktop printing due to machine and part quality. However, recent innovations and increased accessibility within the market have made the notion of desktop 3D printing a reality that’s completely changing the way many businesses work.
Rather than using one machine that costs over $50K, many companies are instead opting for several industrial-grade desktop 3D printers priced under $5,000 to accomplish the same task in less time and at a fraction of the cost. In this session, John Kawola, President of Ultimaker North America, will introduce Ultimaker’s customer, Jabil Circuit, as a case study to explain how we’re just scratching the surface of 3D printing for business applications, why the future of enterprise 3D printing is desktop, and when clusters of desktop printers make more sense than one industrial machine.