3 Ways 3D Printing Will Revolutionize the Modern Supply Chain

We have been hearing about 3D printing for a few years now, and the time is now approaching where it becomes a regular fixture. Steven P. Roth pinpoints three ways that the phenomenon will change supply chains. Firstly, 3D printing will cause “supply chain disintermediation,” where segmentation of steps will break down in favor of merely sending people electronic blueprints, so they can print out goods themselves. Second, this will lead to a loss of value in geographically fixed distribution networks, because information networks will be of the most use for 3D printing. Lastly, vertical supply chain collaboration will be key, due to faster prototyping and removal of barriers. For standardized, high-volume items though, traditional mass production will likely continue to have its place in supply chain. You can read Roth’s full post here: https://spendmatters.com/2015/01/06/3-ways-3d-printing-will-revolutionize-the-modern-supply-chain-and-1-important-way-it-wont/

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