FabLab as a hub for co-creation with industry - two companies creating value at FabLab Halmstad

This study addresses two industry cases that aim to convert from conventional to digital production. The specific need identified is to develop sustainable and efficient digital production methods that offers unique and tailor made product solutions for the customer.

Henrik Barth
Halmstad University

Amogh Vedantha Krishna
Halmstad University

Vijeth Venkataram Reddy
Halmstad University

Bengt-Göran Rosén
Halmstad University

Background and objectives of the case
There is a growing trend of using digital production, such as additive manufacturing, in direct consumer markets. Digital production enables new and advanced tools, which provide shorter development time and lower cost for manufacturing. However, the industrial acceptance of additive manufactured parts must first meet the standards that are set for conventional manufactured components. Furthermore, the challenge also relate to business aspects of developing innovative business models. This creates a possibility for companies to enter new industries, making niche markets attractive to large scale industry. The potential for digital production is the creation of a more dynamic market structure where old boundaries cease to exist when consumers and industry start to produce and niche markets become interesting for large manufacturers (Rayna and Striukova, 2016).

This study address two industry cases that aim to convert from conventional to digital production. The innovative space for this collaboration and experimentation is FabLab Halmstad, Sweden. The specific need identified is to develop sustainable and efficient digital production methods that offers unique and tailor made product solutions for the customer.