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June 18, 2015

3D Printing Brings Competitiveness to Regional Manufacturing

Filed under: News,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management,Technology — admin @ 11:23 am

3d printingUsing a cluster model developed at the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, Cliff Waldman, MAPI Foundation economic studies director, says 3D printing has caused an increase in regional manufacturing competitiveness.

It creates smaller and more agile industries, he said, which itself allows for specialization and the inclusion of 3D printing in product development. 3D printing is the most powerful way to shape both products and processes, Waldman said. The number of commercial printing machines in use worldwide has grown from 355 in 2008 to 23,000 in 2013.

The ability to produce materials proximate to the point of input has shortened supply chains in a number of sectors. 3D printing could also make product design a more prominent part of supply chains and clusters.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]

There is a lot of discussion about this on the internet that addresses this from a present and future perspective, including the impact that it will have on our children – the “makers” of the future.

This includes discussions about food manufacturing using 3D printing – pizza anyone?

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