We’ve posted previously about how 3D printing will affect supply chains — or not. Here’s an interesting quote on this topic from gizmag.com, discussing how Mercedes-Benz uses 3D printing for on-demand spare parts. It’s amazing how 3D printing is becoming so deeply engrained in manufacturing… with no doubt an effect on shipping.
The process is especially useful when it comes to low-volume parts, or parts no longer being series produced. Rather than forcing production facilities to maintain old tooling, 3D printing means manufacturers are able to order and create parts from old catalogs or model lines. Because parts can be printing instantly, Mercedes-Benz is also able [to] avoid wasting storeroom space.
The full article is here.