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“3D printing has been around since the 1980s, but today there’s really an explosion going on,” says Alan Amling, Vice President of Marketing at United Parcel Services (UPS) Global Logistics & Distribution. “Every week you see something new about it in the press.”
Amling was addressing the recent 2016 SAP Aerospace & Defense Innovation Days event in Dallas, and the audience of industry insiders definitely agreed with him.
3D printing is a hot topic these days, and it’s easy to understand why. For starters, the technology seems to spark incredible creativity. Just consider the very clever people who have used it to bring classical painting to the blind or create prosthetic shells for injured turtles.
But as Amling explains, 3D printing is also going mainstream. And as it does, the technology is likely to revolutionize traditional manufacturing and redefine our notion of supply chain logistics.
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