Despite advances in the speed, cost, and quality of 3D printing, barriers to entry still remain for many companies. The machines are not always cost-efficient. Sometimes only small-batch jobs are needed. And the printers and products can take up space and resources.
On Wednesday at the SAPPHIRE NOW conference, the distribution and software giants merged in order to provide an on-demand network to enable companies to print and ship 3D printed products through a streamlined system. The partners plan to link a global logistics network with 3D printers at UPS locations in the US. They will also link to UPS's global hub in Louisville, KY, with Fast Radius (previously Cloud DDM).
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