Additive manufacturing’s potential to reinvigorate the U.S. supply chain

John Wilczynski, Executive Director of America Makes explores how advanced manufacturing is reinventing possibilities in supply chain.

Additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing technology are moving beyond their decades-long role as a prototyping tool, to a legitimate, holy grail manufacturing sector in solving supply chain crises and disruption.

Not only has AM emerged as an integral part of modern manufacturing because of its unique, rapid manufacturing capabilities in various sectors, but the AM industry itself has made significant strides over the past few years to become more industrialised as evident in the existing use cases of AM technology—from airplanes to medical applications like hip and knee replacements, and to a lesser extent, custom automobiles.

By adopting AM, the manufacturing industry has saved millions of dollars in production costs while building stronger businesses that can withstand an even a once-in-a-century crisis such as COVID-19.

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