"Customers will be able to place 3-D printing orders on the Fast Radius website, which will send them to one of UPS' more than 60 stores outfitted with 3-D printers, or Fast Radius' production facilities in Louisville. Where the order is sent will depend on speed, geography and the product quality the customer requires.E de "3D Printing Comes of Age in U.S. Industrial Manufacturing":
SAP customers will be able to use the system to digitize and simplify the production part approval process.
According to a study published in April by the Manufacturing Institute, 71% of U.S. manufacturers are using 3-D printing technology in some way. While the majority still use it mainly for prototypes, almost 7% are using it to produce end products."
"While roughly the same percentage of US manufacturers are currently adopting 3DP in some way (roughly two-thirds) a higher percentage (51%) are using it for prototyping and final-products than two years ago (35%); meanwhile, fewer are simply “experimenting” to determine how they may use the technology (17% vs 29% two years earlier).E de "3D printing industry to triple in four years to $21B":
3D printing seen to disrupt supply chain, threaten intellectual property Manufacturers are equally split on what will be 3DP’s most disruptive effect, with 22% saying it will be in restructuring supply chains, and another 22% that it will be threats to intellectual property, and 18% believe that it will be changed relationships with customers. Two years ago, the stand-alone, number-one concern was supply chain disruption."
"This year, the 3D printing industry, which includes machines, materials and printing services, will reach $7.3 billion. By 2020, it is expected to grow to $21 billion,Matéria-prima para fazer emergir um novo tipo de economia, até que ponto voltaremos ao modelo pré-industrial?
3D printing can speed development and delivery for customized products and bring increased flexibility through better inventory management and real-time production of wares that have variable demand.
Other advantages named in the report: Manufacturing advantages for small batches, cost advantages based on efficiencies for certain applications and unprecedented flexibility in new markets. 3D printing also can improve quality through lighter parts, better ergonomics and more design freedom."