3D Printing Business That's Reshaping Manufacturing Supply Chain

Would you have ever guessed that one of the most successful 3D printing companies at hand is actually based in Tralee, Kerry?! Wazp has certainly nailed it when it comes to commercialised 3D printing. Here’s their success story…

What is Wazp all about?

We offer Live Supply Chain Solution powered by Digital Manufacturing (3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing). Our mission is to help our clients design, produce and distribute product.

Our Wazp Team is the driving force of everything we have achieved so far. We cultivate an open, creative and boundary-breaking culture. We approach every problem as a new learning curve and want to help our clients reach the full potential of Digital Manufacturing across multiple industries.

We believe that products should be easy to create. We want to help teams and companies to take more products to market, faster and cheaper than before. We achieve this through shortening and improving the design and product development process, using scalable, responsive manufacturing and convenient supply and always keeping an eye on customer fulfilment.

How many years has it been going?

Wazp was established in January of 2015. Since then, the company has rapidly developed and proven supply chain solutions that allow for the Volume Production of 3D Printed products at industry competitive prices, while increasing design capabilities and massively impacting supply chain convenience and costs.

Today, we are providing our solution across multiple industries including the Homeware Sector, Performance Sportswear & Apparel Industry, Healthcare and Automotive Industries, with clients such as IKEA, Puma, BorgWarner and Stryker.

What was the inspiration behind the start-up?

Coming from manufacturing, design and engineering backgrounds, we (Shane Hassett, Founder & CEO and Mariana Kobal, Founder & COO) knew first-hand the challenges companies face with the current way of production and supply.

Prior to starting the company, years of experience and research was put into developing our unique Live Supply Chain process that is powered by Digital Manufacturing (3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing) and the best practices of lean thinking.

Digital Manufacturing Technology remained stagnant for over thirty years; we knew the vast potential it possessed and solutions it could offer, which was not utilised by the growing industry.

We were always inspired by innovation and design, creative problem solving and new ways of thinking.

We have organically carried it into our company culture and the Wazp Team work very hard to help our customers achieve their inspiring product ideas and serve their customers more effectively

What exciting 3D printers do you get to play with?

We continuously learn from our wide network of Makers all over Europe and our expertise extends to a variety of technologies including SLS (Selective Laser Sintering), FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) and SLA (Stereolithography). Today, we have found SLS to be the best suited for Volume Production but we are working tirelessly to ensure other technologies are accessible to the many for Volume Production, in terms of cost, efficiency and quality.

We have also recently moved in to a new office in Liber House, Monavalley Industrial Estate, Tralee and opened doors to our own research, product development, testing and local manufacturing facility, The Lab.

We think The Lab is a great educational facility for the local area – for companies, professionals and students alike, so we invite you all to visit!

I heard you guys had a Kickstarter campaign, how did it go? 

It was great! We surpassed our target and had tremendous success in terms of Market Research and Market Validation. The global reach allowed us to prove parts of our Business Model very quickly. The best thing about it was to see the whole Wazp Team having a lot of fun with the entire campaign.

From our last chat, you seem to have an awesome business model! You’re even disrupting the supply chain, what’s your value proposition?

Collaborative Partnerships with our clients are key. We create a ‘New World’ by combining the best of Traditional Methods, 3D Printing and adding a sprinkle of Wazp. We work closely with teams to achieve what could not be achieved before, keeping the digital thread from design to production.

Tell me more about the founders, how did you get to work together?

We (Mariana Kobal, Founder & COO and Shane Hassett, Founder & CEO) worked together in Poland specialising in Product Development and Engineering, Product Life Cycle Management, Manufacturing Processes and Supply Chain in the Consumer Products Sector.

The obstacles we faced during that time inspired us to find solutions, the solution is Wazp.

You are based in Tralee, Kerry. How is that working for you?

The entire Wazp Team is culturally diverse and has worked all over the world before coming together in Kerry, as we all developed ties to Kerry.

Ireland is a wonderful place to grow an idea into a business, from a cost and support perspective. We received continuous support from Enterprise Ireland, starting at an incubator in New Frontiers and High Potential Start-Up (HPSU), Local Enterprise Office (LEO) through to Kerry Young Entrepreneur Programme.

The company developed and grew with the help, encouragement and talent we brought in: creative, passionate and forward thinking members of our team has been the key to our success.


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EAGWELL 12V 30A 360W DC Universal Regulated Switching Power Supply Driver for LED Lights ,3D Printer , CCTV ,Radio ,Computer Project

Descriptions:
Eagwell Switching Power Supply, a reliable switching power supply with high quality material, durable and safety in use. A new style Switching Power Supply which can keep the voltage stability. Great switching power supply for home appliances. Universal AC input/full range, cooling by automatic on/off cooling fan. Full load burn-in test.

Specifications:
Product Name: Switching Power Supply
Safety Compliance: CCC/ FCC / CE
Input: AC110V/220V
Output: DC 12V 30A
Output Power: 360W
Working temperature: from -10 to 60 degree Celsius
Start Rise Hold Time:200ms 50ms 20ms
Material: Metal, Electronic Parts
Size:8.42 inch x 4.44 inch x 1.92 inch/215mm*112mm*50mm(L*W*H)
Main Color: Silver Tone
Net Weight : 1.96 lb

Package Contents:
1 * Switching Power Supply

Notes:
1. High Voltage inside ,do not remove the cover. Qualified service personnel only.
2. 110V/220V is selected by switch before power on, please check the input voltage avolding damage.

Product Features

  • Switching Power Supply Design for WS2812B WS2801 LED Strip Light,3D Printer,CCTV,Video
  • Eagwell Switching Power Supply 12v, Convert AC 110V/220V to DC 12V 30A 360W.Can bring more convenience and more safety to you and your family
  • Power Supply Driver — Dual input voltage: AC 110V/220V.There is a switch,choose the proper voltage before use.Let us know if you need any help
  • Protection: Shortage Protection, Overload Protection, Over-voltage Protection:115%-135%,Action output cut-off Reset:Auto Reset or fuse.
  • Wide input voltage range, steady and precise output voltage.Great power transformer for electronic equipment, Led Lighting, home appliance etc.

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EAGWELL 24V 15A 360W DC Universal Regulated Switching Power Supply Driver for LED Lights ,3D Printer , CCTV ,Radio ,Computer Project

Descriptions:
Eagwell Switching Power Supply, a reliable switching power supply with high quality material, durable and safety in use. A new style Switching Power Supply which can keep the voltage stability. Great switching power supply for home appliances. Universal AC input/full range, cooling by automatic on/off cooling fan. Full load burn-in test.

Specifications:
Product Name: Switching Power Supply
Safety Compliance: CCC/ FCC / CE
Input: AC110V/220V
Output: DC 24V 15A
Output Power: 360W
Working temperature: from -10 to 60 degree Celsius
Start Rise Hold Time:200ms 50ms 20ms
Material: Metal, Electronic Parts
Size:8.42 inch x 4.44 inch x 1.92 inch/215mm*112mm*50mm(L*W*H)
Main Color: Silver Tone
Net Weight : 1.96 lb

Package Contents:
1 * Switching Power Supply

Notes:
1. High Voltage inside ,do not remove the cover. Qualified service personnel only.
2. 110V/220V is selected by switch before power on, please check the input voltage avolding damage.

Product Features

  • Switching Power Supply Design for EAGWELL Strip Lights 20m, And also Perfect for WS2812B WS2801 LED Strip Light,3D Printer,CCTV,Video
  • Eagwell Switching Power Supply 24v,Convert AC 110V/220V to DC 24V 15A 360W.Can bring more convenience and more safety to you and your family
  • Power Supply Driver– Dual input voltage: AC 110V/220V.There is a switch,choose the proper voltage before use.Let us know if you need any help
  • Protection: Shortage Protection, Overload Protection, Over-voltage Protection:115%-135%,Action output cut-off Reset:Auto Reset or fuse.
  • Wide input voltage range, steady and precise output voltage.Great power transformer for electronic equipment, Led Lighting, home appliance etc.

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How 3D Printing Can Alter the Supply Chain

I woke up on Sunday morning, made some coffee, and then logged on to Amazon.com and conveniently made a purchase from my couch. This simple set of two common daily tasks got me thinking about additive manufacturing (3D printing) and its potential to transform both current business models and their supply chains.

My colleague Steve Banker has written on Logistics Viewpoints about 3D printing, its use for additive manufacturing and potential impact on logistics, and ways in which it can be used in the spare parts warehouse. Also, my colleague Sal Spada is an expert on the technical aspects of additive manufacturing and its feasibility for the production of various parts. I am intrigued by the competitive advantages that the technology can provide, the potential business model/s surrounding its use, and how that will affect supply chains. In essence, the potential changes in the competitive space and in value chains from the use of the technology.

Disruptive Potential, Form of Delivery, and Product Value
Sal Spada discussed the process of appropriately evaluating a production part’s suitability for additive manufacturing, as there can be shortcomings in accuracy and production rates. However, Steve and Sal noted that there is a solid business case for “using additive manufacturing to produce complex, high-value parts for which small order quantities are required.” This use case can be applied to spare parts warehouses, allowing these operations to hold lower quantities of inventory in a more basic form (raw materials) that can then be used to potentially produce a number of different SKUs. This business case offers potential benefits in the form of quicker order-to-delivery, greater flexibility, and lower storage costs. The technology is also used for some consumer products such as custom dentistry. But from a business strategy perspective, I believe that the technology’s importance lies in its ability to separate intellectual property in the form of design (CAD design) from the actual product (physical part). I see this as the same dynamic that has propelled the increase in sales of e-books while reducing the demand for physical books. Just think about the turnaround time for an e-book on Amazon (seconds) as opposed to front door delivery (a day or more). A physical book is simply a representation and delivery form of the intellectual property. So how can additive manufacturing be used in a profitable, scalable business model that disrupts the status quo?

I foresee additive manufacturing’s most disruptive, scalable business model as one that must separate intellectual property from the physical product and go to market through licensing and partnerships. I see this occurring in a similar manner to that of Keurig, the company that manufacturers the machine that brewed my cup of coffee on Sunday morning. I believe there are certain products that will be more suited than others for this business model. Regardless of the product line/s, I believe the above mentioned characteristics are essential to the business models’ success. For example, how about unique, trademarked jewelry sets that are brand protected (I can image a branded jewelry operation similar to Alex and Ani successfully leveraging additive manufacturing)? Or maybe even an officially licensed athletic hardware operation. These are examples where a supply chain and business model can be radically changed in a consumer market for a high quantity of non-complex items. The company can partner with the brand or IP owner, the supply chain will involve the management of raw and work-in-process materials (a sort of “postponement” model), and the IP and the raw materials will come together to produce the final product at or near final consumption. What are your thoughts? Ponder that over a cup of coffee at an internet café (by the way, do internet cafés still exist?)

American 3D Supply PLA 3D Printer Filament, 1 kg Spool, 1.75 mm, Blue

Welcome to Ameican 3D Supply. Ameican 3D Supply is a US 3D printer filament and accessories supplier devoted to improving 3D printing through providing premium quality 3D printing filaments capable of producing functional parts of top quality and strength. Utilizing new and exciting technology, we create and provide the 3D printing industry with unique and innovative 3D printing materials to expand the capabilities and possibilities of 3D printers. Our 3D printer filaments allow for faster print speeds and increased polymer flexibility capable of producing functional objects with excellent surface finish. Ideal for use with desktop 3D printers that use the FDM printing method, we offer PLA, ABS and PET thermoplastics in a variety of colors and diameters. PLA is thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch. The carbon dioxide will go into soil organic matter directly or absorbed by plants. Good mechanical property and physical property. Applications include Automotive Field (Car Ottomans, Car Door, Rims, Saddle), Electronic Field (Components and Shell Of Laptop/Cell Phone, Shell Of DVD, PLA CD Disc), Biological Medicine Field (Disposable Infusion Tools, Surgical Suture). Print Temperature: 190-220 Degree (374-428 Fahrenheit), Support layer: optional. Diameter: 1.75MM/3mm. Net Weight:1KG(2.2lbs) Deviation: 2%. Gross Weight: 1.3KG(2.9lbs). Deviation: 2%. Accuracy: 1.75+/-0.1mm. Available colors are Red, Blue, Black, Natural, White, Green, Yellow, Brown, Pink, Purple, and Orange.

Product Features

  • Lower melting point and better smell than ABS, flow rapidly, seldom blocking the nozzle
  • PLA Filament has small shrinkage even printing big size model
  • Print Temperature: 190-220 Degree (374-428 Fahrenheit)
  • Smokeless and tasteless, good for indoor printing, safe use for schools and crowded environment
  • Water absorption: very low, no bubbles in printed molds

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Aerb 3D Printing Pen for Crafting, Art & Model Making Intelligent 3D Pen With OLED Display 2 Loops of 1.75 mm Printing Material and Power Supply, Best for DIY Gift ( Black )

Note:
The Aerb 3D Printing Pen is suitable for children over 8 years old and adults, children must be accompanied and monitored by adult when using the pen.

To avoid clogging the filament feeder inside, please cut the ending tip portion of the filament where you stop, because the melted part need to be cut off

Description:
Creativity abounds and the imagination is sparked. Great idea for toy!

Aerb Intelligent 3D Printing Pen is the newest version 3D Pen in the current market.

You can bring your creative thoughts into a real object, it can also enhance and develop the art and calculation skills of your kids.

The device designed with 8 speed controls, please select a proper extruding flow before you doodle. Different color of the same type of filament has different melting points. Please minor adjust the temperature in time according to the extruding status.

It uses any 1.75mm ABS or PLA filament which comes in loads of colors. Easy to load and unload to switch colors as well. With a modular nozzle design that can be replaced in minutes.

Longer operation without any malfunction so you can continuously having fun on your work.

Specifications:
Model: Aerb Intelligent 3D Pen
Weight: 55g
Product size:180(L)x24(W)x 24 (H) mm
Power cord length: about 1.5m
Input voltage: 100-250V 50 / 60Hz
Output voltage: 12V 2A
Filament Material Length: 5m
Extrusion: hot melt extrusion molding accumulation
Forming: three-dimensional
Print Range: indefinite
Spinning speed: Adjustable
Adjustable Heating temperature: ABS (180-210℃) PLA (160-180 ℃)

3D pen is a great tool for anyone interested in 3D creation, you will enamor with the way it works, the durability when using the PLA filament, and how comfortable it feels in his hand.

Product Features

  • Cutting-Edge 3D Printing Technology: 8 digital feeding speed control for more accurate and stable extruding, patented nozzle.
  • OLED Display Screen: Flat light emitting technology, do not require a backlight, thinner and more efficient than LCD displays (which do require a white backlight).
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  • Ergonomic Shape Design: More slimmer with best handle curve style for easy holding, super lightweight only 55 grams, let your hands move freely and comfortable for smooth operation
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Anycubic 12V 20A Dc Universal Regulated Switching Power Supply Adaptor Transformer 240W for LED ,CCTV, Radio ,Computer ,3D Printers

Specification:

Model: S-250-12

AC Input voltage :110V/220V±15% (optional by switch)

DC Output: 12V/ 0-20A

Package List:

1*Regulated Power Supply

Product Features

  • IN-DOOR USE ONLY!
  • Input voltage :(110V/220V±15%) by switch
  • Output: 12V/ 0-20A
  • Smart device surge protection for Shortage Protection, Overload Protection, Over Voltage Protection
  • Widely use in 3d printers ,industrial automation, LED display, communications.

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