3D printing technology is a rapidly evolving technology that has the potential to shake up the supply chain and manufacturing and turn them upside down in much the same way the Internet disrupted the publishing, journalism and communications industries. At this point, it is difficult to see the complete picture, but it is important to begin paying attention to this important new technology. There will be winners and losers in this transformation. The winners will be the companies that make the right investments at the right time.
Every stakeholder in the supply chain should educate themselves on the potential impacts and opportunities associated with 3D printing. After transforming prototyping and low volume manufacturing in many industries, this relatively new technology has the potential to seriously disrupt the supply chain, manufacturing, logistics and operations fields. 3D printing is an attractive solution because it has the potential to reduce the cost and time associated with tooling, manufacturing, assembly, logistics and supply chain processes. Many of the existing tooling limitations that define traditional manufacturing are not an issue with 3D printing.
Currently, manufacturing is often done in low cost countries in Asia and then shipped to the US. With 3D printing, low labor costs are not a factor. Logistics expenditures will be drastically reduced. 3D printing also eliminates tooling, which is capital intensive and time consuming. Many logistics, tooling and manufacturing companies will be negatively impacted by 3D printing technology unless they reposition themselves to take advantage of this exciting new technology.
3D printing technology is disruptive and it will impact every industry vertical differently. Companies that proactively invest in 3D printing have the potential to change their position in the supply chain and gain a competitive advantage.
This webinar by expert speaker Joe Lynch will answer the following questions for participants:
Who should attend
This webinar will be helpful to anyone working in manufacturing, operations, supply chain, purchasing, logistics, product development or engineering.
Joe Lynch is the founder of The Logistics of Logistics, a logistics training and consulting firm. Joe specializes in helping logistics and transportation companies grow their sales. Joe also works with manufacturers, retailers, distributors and wholesalers to select and manage their logistics providers (3PLs, broke... More info