If It Prints, It Ships: 3D Printing and the Postal Service

3D printers build physical objects from digital designs, usually by assembling powders, metals, plastics, and other materials layer -by-layer with tremendous precision. Because the digital designs modified and can be endlessly tweaked, 3D printing turns customers into creators and taps into the current trend of mass customization. The technology is beginning to have an important impact on the $10.5 trillion global manufacturing sector, and promises to democratize generation and simply shift the supply chains of today.

Most 3D printed items are lightweight, which are just the sort of package the Postal Service specializes in handling. As more businesses begin to sell 3D printed goods to consumers, they may need the Postal Service’s and the omnipresent postal network unmatched last-mile delivery capabilities to better connect with customers. By partnering with 3D printing businesses to do printing at or near postal facilities and potentially embracing this technology that is groundbreaking, the Postal Service could place a convincing 21st century turn on its historical mission facilitate commerce and to serve citizens.

https://www.uspsoig.gov/document/if-it-prints-it-ships-3d-printing-and-postal-service

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