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3D printing hailed as a massive blow to the outsourcing and globalisation of manufacturing

by Jeremy Coward

A contributor to Forbes has suggested that the progress of 3D printing will spark a revolution, tipping balances in favour of insourcing and localisation as opposed to outsourcing and globalisation.

Panos Mourdoukoutas suggests that the key drivers of outsourcing (and particularly offshoring), such as cutting costs, improving services and boosting efficiencies, will be negated once 3D printing is adopted on an industrial scale.

By allowing companies to keep their manufacturing processes in-house, he also claims that 3D printing will let businesses keep their supply chain as one “single integrated process,” rather than the “fragmented and disintegrated process” that is brought about by the use of numerous service providers.

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