Gartner Research

What 3D Printing Means for Your Supply Chain

Published: 01 March 2016

ID: G00298100

Analyst(s): Michael Burkett , Pete Basiliere

Summary

A broader understanding of 3D printing's value to the supply chain is increasing investment plans across industries worldwide. Supply chain and manufacturing strategists can use this research to gain a better understanding of the potential fit within their own operations.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Twenty-nine percent of supply chain professionals see the primary value of 3D printing as transforming customer experience and service, indicating they see benefits that extend beyond cost and efficiency improvements
    • Balance 3D Printing Opportunities and Constraints
  • Sixty-five percent of supply chain professionals are using or will invest in 3D printing over the next two years as they discover innovative approaches to produce products and augment manufacturing operations
  • High concerns for cybersecurity will drive supply chain strategists to include IP protection in their plans for 3D printing

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