Decentralization and local manufacturing of on-demand 3D printed devices

As 3D printing may be still a challenge to produce on a large-scale, the right move to do would be to go local. Taking into consideration the needs of the medical centers, clinics and hospitals in the area would be a perfect target group to begin on demand production of the medical devices. Manufacturers, engineers, suppliers and doctors can connect locally and create a network of well-planned, organized and smooth resources providing, 3D printing manufacturing and delivery processes. This way, the 3D printing production would be focused on manufacturing the products that are absolutely necessary for the region and local communities. 

What would also help such a solution is a blockchain technology, which enables to control every step of the process. Monitoring operations and having an insight into all of the transactions can lead to the well-organized 3D printing, manufacturing and delivery process. Also, some of the procedures may be automated in order to make it faster, more efficient and effective. The possibilities of technology are almost unlimited and they are still getting developed. Using their potential the supply chain of 3D printing can be completely transformed.

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The advantages of decentralization of 3D printing production

Already mentioned above, there are a lot of advantages of decentralizing 3D printing processes. First, one of the main ones, is delivery cost and time. While 3D printing can be relatively fast when patented, the time of the product’s transportation as well as the costs may still turn around to be high. 

Decentralization means simply going local and minimizing the distance between the manufacturer and the patient. It also influences the cost. The closer the patient or medical center that needs the 3D printed device is, the lower the price. 

The other, less obvious advantage may be a growth in the market and job offers. As the 3D printing industry would grow locally, more job opportunities may appear in the region. That would be a great way to support the local market and also keep young people in place. Offering them training and education in one of the most innovative industries could be attractive for these who are usually searching for such possibilities outside of their hometowns. 

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Focus on 3D printing localization

The key for making a local 3D printing production work is to increase the collaboration between industry professionals in the area. Ensuring access to the materials and other resources and their manufacturers would be the first step to undertake to create the products that are needed in the specific region. 

Having a network of local suppliers can make production going. Developing innovative tools and solutions to make the whole process as simple as possible would also contribute to the improvement of communication and local supply chain growth. 

Reducing the complexity of the 3D printing production would definitely be the way to ensure the increase of on-demand 3D printed device production and collaboration between the local players. In general, the cost and time of the 3D printing manufacturing would be much more minimalized thanks to the centralization. 

Do you agree with the following statement? Share with us your opinion of how decentralizing the 3D production would develop the local network of the experts in the industry!

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