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Author Véronneau, Simon, author

Title 3D Printing : Downstream Production Transforming the Supply Chain / Simon Veronneau, Geoffrey Torrington, Jakub Hlavka
Published Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (21 pages) : black and white illustrations, color illustrations, color photographs
Series Perspective ; PE-229-OSD
Perspective (Rand Corporation) ; PE-229-OSD
Contents Methods -- Understanding 3D Printing: Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing -- The Evolution of Additive Manufacturing -- The Future of 3D Printing -- Patent and Strategic Considerations -- Conclusions and Implications -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References
Summary "Additive manufacturing (AM), often called 3D printing, enables new capabilities that have the potential to structurally change commercial and military supply chains as they exist today. Although much focus has been paid to improving maintenance, repair, and operations, the next wave of AM capability will focus on customizable material properties and novel industrial manufacturing capabilities. The United States is far from the only country in a global competition for technological superiority. Gaining a significant lead in this technology will give a dual strategic advantage to nations in both economic and military spheres. Within the military supply chain, the expeditionary downstream operator requires the ability to make parts rapidly, regardless of technology. For the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to be successful in deploying 3D printing, a considerable number of issues must be addressed, including intellectual property and cybersecurity issues and the need for revisions to acquisition policy and processes to ensure that they consider current and future implications of 3D printing for military platforms. This Perspective describes potential uses of 3D printing in a military context to help DoD understand the structural and policy changes that might be required to support these efforts. It discusses different types of 3D printing technologies, tracing 3D printing from its origin to its potential to transform supply chains for DoD. By applying a capability-based, technology-agnostic definition of 3D printing, this Perspective provides a framework to help DoD think about future impacts on its supply chain"--Publisher's description
Notes "August 11, 2017"--Table of contents page
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 19-21)
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed August 14, 2017)
Subject Three-dimensional printing -- Materials management
Three-dimensional printing -- Technological innovations
Form Electronic book
Author Rand Corporation, publisher, issuing body
Other Titles Downstream Production Transforming the Supply Chain