Digital Engineering 247: AM’s Role in Future-Proofing the Supply Chain

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One of the many non-human casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic is the global supply chain, which has been seriously upended as economies shut down and fluctuating demand brought logistics and manufacturing to a screeching halt.

One bright spot in the manufacturing and supply chain upheaval is additive manufacturing, which is fast emerging as an alternative way to produce key components at a local site while keeping the flow of goods in motion and the factory floor cycle intact. Strategic use of AM, experts say, can help manufacturers significantly reduce costs and transportation time while mitigating supply chain risks today, in the midst of the pandemic, and in the future as things start to normalize. That was the topic of a recent virtual panel discussion, The Rise of Additive Manufacturing and Future-Proofing Global Supply Chains.

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