3D Printing: Downstream Production Transforming the Supply Chain
RAND Corporation Santa Monica United States
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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.
- Printing and Graphic Arts
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies