How will 3D printing change Supply Chain Management?


How will 3D printing change Supply Chain Management?

This session will review the capabilities, benefits and effects 3D printing will have on different supply chains. If you think 3D printing technology is just capable of making prototypes, this presentation will surprise you. From aerospace and automotive components to medical devices, food, textile, costumes, toys, jewellery, household products, home accessories, houses, sculptures and so on, 3D printing technology can now produce all these products commercially.

As the 3D-printing technology develops and its cost drops, the first thing supply chain professionals need to know is how new products could be designed, manufactured and delivered creating new supply chains that outperform conventional ones. 3D printing could potentially create supply chains that manufacture products closer to their point of purchase or consumption in no time, customized by individual consumers, and delivered by local 3D printing factories or mobile 3D printing vehicles.

The session further explains how new enterprises and individuals could design, manufacture and sell 3D printed products to serve local and global customers at an unprecedented scale. These implications will cause businesses all along the supply, manufacturing, and retailing chains to rethink their strategies and operations.

Delegates will learn:

  • Updates on 3D printing applications in major industries
  • Illustrate how 3D printing supply chains work and compete with conventional supply chains
  • Implications to different industries and new business opportunities
  • Reality check – questions on timing, cost, copyright, and legal issues


Professor Chee Wong - Chair of Supply Chain Management - Leeds University Business School


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