3D PRINTING

Digi-Key Electronics Introduces New 3D Printing Service

Digi-Key Electronics | October 14, 2021

Digi-Key Electronics, which offers the world's largest selection of electronic components in stock for immediate shipment, announced that it is launching a new 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing tool, powered by Jabil Inc.

Through this new tool, Digi-Key customers can upload design files, receive instant quotes and have custom 3D products and items shipped directly to their door from Jabil. Featuring a seamless upload and "add to cart" experience for users, this new additive manufacturing tool provides fast turnaround times and free shipping to customers in the U.S.

"We are very excited to launch our new 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing service in order to give electrical, mechanical and industrial engineers the ability to easily create custom 3D products for manufacturing purposes," said Missy Hall, senior director, new market development, at Digi-Key. "This introduction is a flagship option of Digi-Key's additive manufacturing services portfolio, and we look forward to continuing to expand our offerings to include many suppliers to serve the needs of the additive manufacturing market."

Jabil has a long relationship with Digi-Key and their 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing tool service is an important step in making Jabil's advanced digital manufacturing capabilities available to a broader set of users,We will be continuously enhancing the tool through the Jabil digital manufacturing platform with powerful and innovative features to offer increased value and greater agility to Jabil and Digi-Key customers.

Rush LaSelle, Jabil's senior director of digital manufacturing

The launch of the 3D printing tool is part of the DK Marketplace initiative, a singular shopping experience for all things related to technology innovation.

About Digi-Key ElectronicsDigi-Key Electronics
headquartered in Thief River Falls, Minn., USA, is recognized as both the leader and continuous innovator in the high service distribution of electronic components and automation products worldwide. As the original pioneer in this space, Digi-Key provides more than 12.6 million components from over 2,000 quality name-brand manufacturers with an industry-leading breadth and depth of product in stock and available for immediate shipment. Beyond the products that drive technology innovation, Digi-Key also supports design engineers and procurement professionals with a wealth of digital solutions and tools to make their jobs more efficient.

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Spotlight

You see there are some things we have learned here at L2L since the introduction of lean tools technology into our software. That is, L2L clients who have adopted the digital lean revolution have increased their pace of improvement ten fold. What this means is that they have increased their ability to improve through a lean approach to lean. Let me explain. What digital lean technology has done is to take the basic tenet of lean manufacturing, the elimination of waste or muda, and apply it to the lean manufacturing processes itself. You see, when you create a software feature that allows individuals to submit kaizen improvement ideas via a mobile device at the moment the idea inspires them, you eliminate the wasted time and motion of the entire paperwork process that this manual process used to entail. When you create a digital solution that allows for leadership standard work to be auto-launched directly to front line Supervisor, with digital checklists that capture data, then compiles that data into auto generated charts, you eliminate the waste of the manual system of tracking handwritten action items, transferred to a spreadsheet, posted on manually updated team board, only to all be redone the next day. When you create a digital lean process that allows for the implementation of great ideas,  then have that idea  shared sideways, instantly, to all factory sites around the world, you eliminate the need for each of those sites to learn that lesson on their own, if at all. You see, digital lean is not just about capturing lean projects like 5S, TPM, or SMED on a saved file in a shared folder somewhere, it is about incorporating these lean practices into digital workflows that interact with your employees in a symbiotic relationship so that lean practices are a part of their daily work, instead of something else to be done. The digital revolution has caught up with Lean Manufacturing and just like every major improvement in business, those companies who understand and adopt early will always outpace their competition.

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