3D Printing Could Disrupt Asia’s Manufacturing Economies

Published by , January 13, 2017 12:28 am

(ChannelNewsAsia)  The introduction of 3D printing has the potential to create a new production system by unleashing a disruptive power that the world has not experienced since the industrial revolution. This disruption could turn the global supply chain and existing production processes – perfected more than 100 years ago with the Ford assembly line – on its head.
Reductions in the manufacturing process could affect both regional and international production networks, possibly resulting in reduced capital requirements, warehousing and other logistics and transportation needs. This change in production systems could potentially alter the very idea of nations’ economic security. It could, for instance, wreck countries’ carefully laid development plans for creating employment and investment in logistics and warehousing, regardless of economic development level.

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