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capability to produce parts for a wide
range of OEMs. These multi-tenant
models could look much like the industrial parks we already see today,
only they would be enabled by 3-D
printing technologies.
As manufacturers consider shifting consumer preferences, we may
start to see depots spring up closer
to demand centers, with the ability to
service a wide range of manufacturing
close to the ultimate consumer. In either scenario, the shift of production
towards demand centers will fundamentally transform where and how
manufacturers make products.

Warehousing and the "BuildTo-Order" Shift
From a real estate perspective, manufacturers should also consider the impact of 3-D printing on warehousing.
On-demand retailing and manufac-

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feature a lot of consumer products,
such as hardware stores, will lead
the charge in producing products
on demand. Some retailers are already experimenting with in-store
3-D scanning and printing services,
where a customer can bring in a broken appliance or plastic product and
replicate parts for home use. In the
future, it may be possible for customers to purchase a printing design for a
broken item or part online, replicate
it in-store and walk away with the
product in one easy trip. This type
of on-demand service is part of what
today's consumers demand in a shifting last mile environment.
3-D printing could impact manufacturers' facility location strategies in
other ways as well. Given the inherent
flexibility of 3-D printing technologies, we may start to see the rise of
"depot" models, or facilities with the

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turing will reduce inventory holding
and potentially the demand for large
warehouse spaces. Existing distribution centers developed on a regional
basis to serve on the logistical chain
between global manufacturers and
large box retailers will increasingly be
disrupted by smaller, local distribution and fulfillment centers promising efficient, next-day, same-day and
even same-hour delivery to the ultimate consumer. As such, there will be
fragmentation of warehouse space,
with higher demand for smaller warehouses and distribution or fulfillment
centers spread out at frequent intervals within city limits.
Already, we are starting to get questions from those who operate warehouses about what the future will
hold for their businesses once on-demand production starts to take root.
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