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How 3D Printing Can Boost U.S. Manufacturing
Posted on January 23rd, 2017 by Matt Weber in Chemical R&D
Millions of manufacturing jobs have left the U.S. in the last few decades, and now those goods are being made overseas and shipped back to America. In addition to the cost of job loss for American workers, this situation also has a massive environmental cost due to emissions from shipping. If we are going to reduce those emissions – and we must – then it is important that more manufacturing return to the U.S.
Thankfully, 3D printing is poised to help make sustainable manufacturing possible and profitable. Rapidly advancing 3D printing technology requires manufacturers to have less specialized machinery and allows for fewer labor costs, lowering the barrier to entry for newer manufacturers. They will still need to purchase some raw materials from overseas, but these take up far less space than finished goods, so the environmental impact from the shipping will be much lower.
To learn more about why 3D printing in manufacturing will also be more popular with consumers, and what manufacturers must do if they want to be successful in their use of 3D printing technology, check out this article on sustainable manufacturing.
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