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Should some of the technology’s creases be ironed out, however, the process could well emerge as a viable alternative for organisations seeking to streamline and localise their supply chains.
“Many articles in the popular press lead one to conclude that these large impacts are very near term,” says Terry Harrison of the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department at Pennsylvania State University. “Our view is that there is significant work ahead before additive manufacturing will realise the kind of potential that is forecast.”
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