DHL Trend Report Finds 3D Printing Will Become Complementary to Mass-Production

DHL has been testing a variety of both 3D printing hardware and techniques for several years and has identified applications that have potential to redefine manufacturing and supply chain strategies. DHL’s latest DHL trend report finds it will not become a substitute for mass-production but a complementary process. 3D printing “is not a magic bullet that will render factory mass production and manufacturing obsolete,” said Matthias Heutger, senior vice president, at DHL Customer Solutions and Innovation. “Its exciting potential lies more in its capability to simplify the production of highly complex and customizable products and spare parts—and this could bring logistics and manufacturing closer together than ever before.”