Research on the Impact of 3D Printing on the International Supply Chain

This paper constructs an international supply chain model using system dynamics method. And it simulates the reconstruction trend of the supply chain after 3D printing application.
2 years ago

Author: Zhen Chen

 

Journal Title: Advances in Materials Science and Engineering

 
ISSN: 1687-8434 (Print); 1687-8442 (Online)
 
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
 
Content Provider: Directory of Open Access Journals: DOAJ Articles
 
Abstract
 
In recent years 3D printing technology is developing rapidly. In the foreseeable future, when 3D printing is widely used, the world’s industrial structure will be greatly changed. Based on the actual data, this paper constructs an international supply chain model using system dynamics method. And it simulates the reconstruction trend of the supply chain after 3D printing application. The conclusion shows that the universal application of 3D printing will lead to the worldwide transport volume shrinking dramatically. The manufacturing activities will gradually outflow to the countries which are closer to the final customers. The relevant countries should carry out feasible measures to face this opportunity and challenge. The measures include the reform of logistics facilities, the logistics cooperation with the origin of 3D printing materials, and the matched transportation of 3D printing materials and traditional processing ones.
 
Copyright © 2016 Zhen Chen. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Illustration Photo: 3D Printed Motorcycle (credits: Steve Jurvetson / Flickr Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))

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