€1M savings identified at a tier 3 automotive supplier through additive manufacturing
When it comes to transforming businesses,
The results speak for themselves.
The results speak for themselves.
Over the past 15 years, our honest and human collaboration has helped a huge range of businesses successfully adopt 3D printing. Below are just a few examples of how our team has transformed industries across the world. From aerospace to medical, find out how our solutions have made an impact and helped each of our clients add value and gain a competitive advantage.
Composite tooling lead times were limiting the speed that this aerospace supplier could produce parts. Over the course of a year, Blueprint offered design consulting, flexible project management, and part fulfillment to ensure that this high-requirement project went fulfilled. Ultimately the 3D printed tools were light enough to be carried instead of forklift-transported and lead times were reduced by 50%, contributing to this company’s established brand of speed to market.
As 3D printing and online file sharing platforms became popular, the Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom had growing concerns that the copyright infringement problems that plagued the music and movie industries would spill over to a wide range of other industries. Blueprint reviewed the ecosystem of 3D file sharing platforms to estimate the proportion of files infringing popular brands’ intellectual property rights. In collaboration with law professors of Bournemouth university, Blueprint reviewed the current legal framework to investigate if legislation and regulation would be needed due to combat the decentralized production enabled by 3D printing.
Sporting Goods Manufacturer
As the sporting industry continues to adopt production additive manufacturing at an accelerating rate, this major equipment manufacturer needed concrete examples of the technology’s potential. Their innovation center teamed up with Blueprint to design and optimize several concept models for visual prototyping. Blueprint aided in the specialized manufacturing and assembly of these parts. The results were presented in a conversation around innovation with the company’s board of directors.
Heavy Duty Automotive
How can companies support vehicles for 30 or 50 years, especially if less than 1,000 are made every year? Is it worth it to manufacture hundreds of spare due to minimum order quantities and hold them for 20 years to support a professional fleet? And what is the real piece part cost for those parts? Could 3D printing be a better solution? To answer these questions, Blueprint ran a data analysis of the current stock and order history of parts to identify parts for which it could be preferable to use 3D printing. The selected parts were then evaluated to see if additive manufacturing would be both technically and economically viable.
Automobile Component Manufacturer
As part of a larger technology strategy, a global automotive tier-1 suppler wanted to identify how and where additive manufacturing could immediately help to streamline their operations and cut the costs of production. Through a collaborative innovation workshop bringing together 20 senior members of the business, Blueprint identified more than 46 concepts including new inventory management systems, tool designs, and manufacturing jigs and fixtures. Of these concepts, the top 6 represented a cost saving to the company of 1M€ per year as well as the potential for incremental revenue growth of 25M€ per year.
Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Healthcare
To combat growing competition in an already crowded market, a global consumer healthcare company engaged with Blueprint to determine how 3D printing could be used to differentiate their products and brand, reaching consumers in new and novel ways. As part of a 3-month-long innovation project, Blueprint worked with the business to generate over 60 concepts from new pharmaceutical designs to assistive devices, all uniquely enabled by 3D printing, that not only brought new experiences to their customers, but would further entrench the brand as a market leader.
Medical Equipment Manufacturer
When it comes to medical implants, the search is always on to design more true-to-life devices that require less surgical time to implant. This was the challenge put to Blueprint by one of the world’s leading medical orthopedic device companies. Through an extended innovation engagement working with doctors, honorary fellows, biomechanical engineers, and marketing strategists across the company, Blueprint helped to innovate and validate multiple new-to-market implant devices with the promise of reducing surgical time and improving medical outcomes, leading to a patent submission of the next-generation of orthopedic devices.
European Country AM Strategy
The Blueprint team engaged senior country leadership to identify opportunities to ensure manufacturing remained in-country using additive manufacturing as a value driver. Alongside the country’s Prime Minister, various universities, and top tier medical device manufacturers, Blueprint assessed the overall economic landscape to identify the capacity of additive manufacturing within the country’s manufacturing industry. Outcomes included development of an additive manufacturing ecosystem, center of excellence, and print services (service bureau) catering to the medical device industry.
Global Medical, Pharma and CPG Company
Innovation is the life-blood of every life sciences company. A global pharmaceutical company sought out Blueprint’s innovation team to help them leverage additive manufacturing as an innovation tool. Blueprint created a bespoke innovation workshop for the client, using our proven innovation methodology. The innovation workshop produced 180 new product ideas, 9 of which were taken forward and validated using 3D printing. Additionally, one of the concepts from the innovation workshop was patented.
Global Vision Care Manufacturer
A global vision care manufacturer required an inventory of spare parts to support its manufacturing operations. This spare parts inventory was plagued by escalating costs and stock-outs, which occasionally resulted in manufacturing downtime. Blueprint analyzed the client’s universe of spare parts, identified which parts were technically and economically feasible to 3D print, and crafted a plan to in-house production of spare parts. The client reduced their risk of manufacturing down-time and achieved a $1M+ cost savings.
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