5/31/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

UPS to Launch On-Demand 3D Printing Network in Collaboration with Fast Radius

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The network will leverage Fast Radius’ website and resources along with 3D printers located at UPS locations.

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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 United States as well as 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 says.

“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, UPS Global Distribution & 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, the company says. While participating The UPS Store locations are all in the United States, companies globally could utilize the network and place orders.

In conjunction with this on-demand manufacturing offering, SAP has announced 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 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. 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.

The on-demand network created will benefit customers of all sizes, including manufacturers who want to reduce inventory for slow-moving parts; those with short production runs; and manufacturers and retailers of custom or semi-custom goods. 

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