UPS to launch on-demand 3D printing networkBy
This is “why is your mouth hanging open in disbelief” news. The implications are phenomenal. If the lawn mower you inherited from your father, who inherited it from his father, decides it won’t start because it needs a new nut/bolt/belt/button/whatever, UPS can make one for you if you can get the digital blueprint of what you need. Or maybe the machine can copy your old part.
I suspect the first customers are likely to be significantly more commercial, and sophisticated than in my example, and will need parts significantly more complex than a 2″ hex nut. That’s what makes this a potential business a goldmine. When the machine in a mine in Utah needs a replacement part from the Japanese manufacturer in Nagoya, the specs can be e-mailed to the nearest UPS 3-D printing facility and the part express delivered very quickly. Maybe only an over-night shutdown, not a two-week one.
And what about dentistry? This would dramatically streamline creation and delivery of replacement caps!