UPS Finds 3D Printing Cost Effective In Today’s Manufacturing

A recent article in USA Today reports that UPS has invested in 3D printing and finds the new technology important in today’s manufacturing. The package delivery service teamed with SAP, business software company and Fast Radius, an Atlanta-based company with 3D printing production facilities in Louisville, Ky, to bring a seamless on-demand manufacturing process from order to delivery.

Quoted from UPS teams with SAP to invest in 3D printing, “Customers will be able to place 3-D printing orders on the Fast Radius website, which will send them to one of UPS’ more than 60 stores outfitted with 3-D printers, or Fast Radius’ production facilities in Louisville… SAP customers will be able to use the system to digitize and simplify the production part approval process.”

UPS believes 3D printing is moving from hype phase to reality. “We’re ushering in the next century of the supply chain,” said Alan Amling, vice president marketing and supply chain at UPS. Trends in mass customization and fast delivery of the digital age has created a cost-effective niche for 3D printing. The new technology makes sense for small amounts of unique items.

“Even if small, the numbers are big. If you can imagine the day when 5% of manufacturing is done this way, that’s $654 billion.” said Amling.

Click here to read the full article from USA Today.

Learn from Alan Amling on how to thrive in the age of disruption at The 2016 MHI Executive Summit October 16, 2016 in Tucson Arizona. He is speaking at this invitation only, senior level, one day event exclusively for manufacturing and supply chain executive leadership. The Summit will include six short, relevant and concise talks on the issues relating to this topic and how it is impacting supply chain leaders and a full day of interactive sessions. Submit a request for an invitation now!

Alan Amling
Vice President, Marketing,
Supply Chain, UPS