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Digital manufacturing could eliminate warehouses, create on-demand production

CIO.com

As manufacturing industries go digital, products that were once generated via a set of build plans are now created in digital files that can be exported anywhere in the world. When 3D printing is added to that equation, products are no longer produced in anticipation of orders, but on demand, as needed. There are, however, existing cultural industry biases -- engineers and designers who are entrenched in conventional manufacturing methods -- that limit the adoption of 3D printing, stifling its full potential.