With increasing production volumes, the 3D printing supply chain must adapt. 3D printing enables the cost-effective production of complex geometries in small in increasingly bigger batch-sizes. The success of 3D-printing makes that we see high mix AND high volume today." The challenge the 3D-print industry now faces, is solving the bottle-necks in scaling up production. Labor intensive process steps such as part identification, sorting, transport and packaging. These tasks are currently done manually. The related costs scale linearly, with sorting even exponentially. The 3D-print industry is faced with the decision to go for off-shoring to cheap labor areas or to industrialize post-production.
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