As the speed and quality of additive manufacturing improves, innovative companies like Adidas are bringing 3D printing from the prototyping lab to the manufacturing floor.
For additive manufacturing companies focused on low-volume and high-complexity, Protolabs is leading the way. Protolabs is the world’s fastest manufacturer of custom prototypes and on-demand production parts. Through technological innovation and customer service, the company is attempting to rewrite economic law by succeeding with an operating model dubbed the economies of one.
After avoiding bankruptcy in 2003, LEGO has effectively used open innovation to align with customer demands and to become a global leader in toy innovation. Now, can LEGO’s use of open innovation maintain its growth with increasing digital competition?
PepsiCo employed 3D printing to create the RUFFLES Deep Ridged masterpiece. Under Nooyi's leadership, the corporation greatly expanded its innovation capabilities; however, other innovation programs may be superseding additive manufacturing at PepsiCo.
The rise of additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) promises to revolutionize how companies build products. Ford Motor Company is revolutionizing the very production processes it popularized by adopting 3D printing and a renewed vision of cost savings and product innovation.
The International Space Station is disrupting manufacturing, using 3D printing to create the first floating manufacturing facility.