GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)

FRANKFURT, Nov 30 (FAM) – Additive technology or 3D printing will not become a substitute for mass-production or manufacturing, but does have potential to redefine manufacturers’ supply chain strategies and bring logistics and manufacturing closer together than ever before.

These are among the conclusions of DHL’s latest ‘Trend Report’ published yesterday, this time focusing on ‘3D Printing and the Future of Supply Chains’. DHL has been testing a variety of 3D printing hardware and techniques for several years and said it had “identified applications that have potential to redefine manufacturing and supply chain strategies”.