10/24/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

UPS Partner Fast Radius Expands to Singapore

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The 3D printing service is opening its first international on-demand factory.

UPS partner Fast Radius will open a 3D printing factory in a UPS facility in Singapore by the end of 2016, expanding the UPS on-demand 3D printing network to Asia. UPS is also establishing an Advanced Solutions team in Asia to create a Centre of Excellence that develops supply chain solutions and promotes applicability of 3D printing with customers. Businesses can use the Fast Radius On Demand Production Platform to produce industrial parts, which are expedited for delivery via UPS’s global and intra-Asia transportation network.

UPS announced the expansion during a press event that also was attended by representatives from the Singapore Economic Development Board, Fast Radius and SAP. In May, UPS and SAP announced a co-innovation agreement to collaborate on a solution that would integrate SAP’s extended supply chain and internet of things solutions with the UPS additive manufacturing and logistics network, to “connect the manufacturing floor to the customer door.”

“3D printing will have a significant impact on industrial manufacturing and 21st century supply chains,” said Ross McCullough, president of UPS Asia Pacific region. “UPS is the first integrated logistics provider to establish an on-demand 3D printing manufacturing and logistics network in Asia. This network will help Asia strengthen its position as a manufacturing hub.”

“The decision to locate the first international on-demand 3D printing factory here is testimony to Singapore’s readiness to partner with logistics companies in creating innovative supply chain solutions. We recognize that additive manufacturing could potentially transform supply chains. We believe that deepening our capabilities in this area could further strengthen the logistics industry through business model innovation and the creation of new solutions,” said Lee Eng Keat, director of logistics, Singapore Economic Development Board.

Once the facility opens, customers will be able to place 3D printing orders either via the Fast Radius website or by visiting the factory located at UPS House in Singapore. Fast Radius will direct the order to the optimal manufacturing location either in Singapore or the United States based on speed, geography and product quality requirements. UPS can ship as early as the same day. In the United States, the 3D printing network also includes more than 60 The UPS Store locations, providing multiple printing locations and geographic coverage.