UPS To Launch On-Demand 3D Printing Manufacturing Network - Global Trade Magazine
  May 26th, 2016 | Written by

UPS To Launch On-Demand 3D Printing Manufacturing Network

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  • UPS's 3D printing manufacturing network will make 3D printing accessible to more potential users.
  • SAP has entered an agreement with UPS to create an end-to-end industrial solution.
  • Exec: UPS is building this disruptive technology into our supply chain models.

UPS will launch a distributed, on-demand manufacturing network that links its global logistics network with 3D printers at The UPS Store in more than 60 locations around the U.S. and Fast Radius’ On Demand Production Platform and 3D printing factory in Louisville, Kentucky.

The integration into one additive manufacturing and logistics solution this summer will make 3D printing accessible to more potential users, enabling them to realize the convenience and cost-savings this technology offers, the company said.

The enterprise software company SAP has entered an agreement with UPS to create an end-to-end industrial solution. SAP’s extended supply chain solutions will be integrated with UPS’s on-demand manufacturing solution and global logistics network to simplify the industrial manufacturing process from digitization, certification, order-to-manufacturing and delivery.

“By building this disruptive technology into our supply chain models, we also bring new value to our manufacturing customers of all sizes,” said Stan Deans, president of UPS Global Distribution and Logistics. “Additive manufacturing technology is still developing rapidly so manufacturing as a service is a smart approach for many companies.”

Customers will visit the Fast Radius website (formerly CloudDDM) to place their 3D printing orders, which will be directed to the optimal manufacturing or The UPS Store location based on speed, geography, and the product quality the customer requires. Orders can be shipped as early as same day. While participating UPS store locations are all in the U.S., companies globally could utilize the network and place orders.

By integrating SAP’s extended supply chain software with the UPS additive manufacturing solution and logistics network, manufacturing companies of all sizes will be able to access on-demand industrial manufacturing with the touch of a button, the company said. SAP customers will be able to digitize and simplify the production part approval process through SAP and their orders can be seamlessly routed to UPS for production and delivery.

UPS’s on-demand network will benefit, the company said, manufacturers wanting to reduce inventory for slow-moving parts, manufacturers with short production runs, manufacturers and retailers of custom and semi-custom goods, and industrial designers and engineers who want rapid prototypes delivered fast.

“Fast Radius plans to continue enhancing its production platform and to globally expand its manufacturing capabilities in 3D printing,”said Rick Smith, co-founder and CEO of Fast Radius. “With this distributed, on-demand manufacturing network, UPS customers will be able to get their products to market faster and more cost-effectively because parts can be produced exactly in the quantity they need and when they need them.”

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