Virtual Inventory in the Virtual Warehouse: Will 3D Printing Kill the Traditional Supply Chain?

The on-demand economy, combined with the need to trim excess inventory and reduce the burden of logistics costs, are just some of the obstacles that 3D printing is overcoming, thus making it an alluring reality today. Kent Firestone, COO of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, an on-demand parts provider, notes, “Users can either print parts as needed or maintain a much smaller inventory at each location. When applicable, 3D printing facilitates fast production of needed components on site, allowing workers to get parts in their hands in a matter of hours or days. That kind of accessibility is invaluable.”

Source: Virtual Inventory in the Virtual Warehouse: Will 3D Printing Kill the Traditional Supply Chain?

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