3D Printing and the Global Supply Chain

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  1. Connie

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    Few emerging technologies have caused as much of a stir as the advent of 3D printing. Originally envisioned as an automated tool to generate product prototypes, 3D printing uses computer aided design to produce a physical, three dimensional product by building up layer upon layer of the required material, such as plastic, ceramic, or metal powders. Importantly, all of this can be done with little or no labor, from any location with access to 3D printing capabilities.

    Although initially dismissed by skeptics as sounding like something out of a far-fetched science fiction movie, 3D printing today has advanced to the stage where its practical applications are growing by leaps and bounds. And the seemingly improbable predictions for its revolutionary impact might actually be within reach.

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    Here are a few more ways 3D printers could alter the supply chain:
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    • Manufacturing lead times will be substantially reduced (think minutes, not days).
    • New designs will have a shorter time to market.
    • Customer demand will be met more quickly.
    • Materials will be used more efficiently, as leftover substrate powder can be repurposed for the next project.
    • Logistics will adjust to print-on-demand, eliminating the need to carry inventory.
     

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