Accession Number:

AD1053207

Title:

3D Printing: Downstream Production Transforming the Supply Chain

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

RAND Corporation Santa Monica United States

Report Date:

2017-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

This Perspective explores the potential for 3D printing capabilities to transform supply chains by enabling downstream production. 3D printing, as we define it in this research, is the capability to produce a custom object in near real time with the ease of pressing a button. In doing so, we depart from the prevalent engineering and hobby literatures focus on 3D printing as solely consisting of additive manufacturing AM technologies.

Subject Categories:

  • Printing and Graphic Arts
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE