UPS, Other Companies Eye the Impact of 3D Printing on the Supply Chain

If businesses can produce parts on site, 3D printing could cut into the global market for shipping and logistics

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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AtlantaOct. 12, 2015—When your refrigerator breaks down, it can take days for a technician to get a replacement part shipped.

Soon, though, the technician might be able to use a 3D printer to produce the part within hours.

Some even envision a day when consumers could use a 3D printer at home to make items they need on their own, rather than going to a store to buy them.

Such capabilities could revolutionize the way consumers buy some items. It could also transform the way manufacturers and businesses get the parts and items they need to operate and serve customers.

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