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3D

printing is a "game changer" for manufacturing, but
its real impact on supply chains will take years to play
out, experts say.

According to the 2016 MHI Annual Industry Report-Accelerating change: how innovation
is driving digital, always-on supply chains, only 17 percent of nearly 900 supply chain professionals surveyed said they believe that 3D printing can be a competitive advantage, and only
six percent consider it disruptive; 45 percent say it will have some impact.
However, adoption rates are expected to rise significantly. In the survey, conducted with
Deloitte Consulting LLP, roughly half (48 percent) of respondents felt that 3D printing will
be adopted in their supply chain over the next six to 10 years, compared with a 14 percent
adoption rate today.
While the theme in this year's annual report was building on supply chain innovation
so that companies have "always on" supply chains to meet consumers' increasing demands
for faster delivery, 3D printing was not one of the highlighted trends because the executives
surveyed did not perceive it to be at a high level of adoption-at least for now, according to
Thomas Boykin, specialist leader within Deloitte Consulting LP's supply chain and manufacturing operations practice.
"We also concluded that 3D printing does have a role in creating 'always-on' supply chains,"
Boykin says. "Our experience shows that things move a whole lot faster than people think
they will, especially relative to this technology. We're predicting that in maybe half that time,
the adoption level will be above 50 percent."
3D printing is an additive process of building objects, layer upon layer, from 3D model
data, and is quite different from subtractive manufacturing processes such as machining.
3D printing helps users create intricate designs that are difficult to make through traditional
methods. It saves enormous amounts of time during the product design and development
stages and eliminates scrap. 3D scanning is a fast and accurate method of transferring the
physical measurements of an object to a computer as a digital file in an organized manner,
resulting in what is called 3D scan data.
However, a big part of the success of 3D printing is getting the scanning down right,
Boykin says.
"A good analogy would be the teleportation machine in the Star Trek TV series, realizing that beaming me up Scottie just doesn't mean that people miraculously appear," he

"The technology itself is fascinating, yet
the implications for all this technology
are only just beginning to be understood.
3D printing is a game changer for
manufacturing but its real impact on supply
chains will take years to play out."
- Michael Gravier, associate professor of marketing and
global supply chain management, Bryant University

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3

CEO Update
Intelligent Robots Offer a Competitive Edge
3D Printing Will Disrupt Manufacturing as Adoption Rates Rise
Predictive Analytics
Sensors and the Industrial Internet of Things
Industry Focus: Consumer Electronics
Industry Report Released
2016 MHI Innovation Awards
The New Face of the Supply Chain?
2016 MHI Annual Conference Preview
Regional Supply Chain Education and Workforce Summits Raise Awareness of Industry, Opportunities
Economic Market Analysis
Safer Handling
Solutions Group Update
Fulfillment Update
Solutions Spotlight
Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
MHI News
Calendar
Index of Advertisers
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - CEO Update
MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Intelligent Robots Offer a Competitive Edge
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - 3D Printing Will Disrupt Manufacturing as Adoption Rates Rise
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Predictive Analytics
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Sensors and the Industrial Internet of Things
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Industry Focus: Consumer Electronics
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Industry Report Released
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - 2016 MHI Innovation Awards
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - The New Face of the Supply Chain?
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - 2016 MHI Annual Conference Preview
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Regional Supply Chain Education and Workforce Summits Raise Awareness of Industry, Opportunities
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Economic Market Analysis
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Safer Handling
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Solutions Group Update
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Fulfillment Update
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Solutions Spotlight
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Scholarship Winners: Where Are They Now?
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - MHI News
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MHI Solutions - Volume 4, Issue 3 - Index of Advertisers
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