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Enabling Distributed Supply Chains Through Additive Manufacturing

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The past few years have shown us some of the weaknesses in our global supply chain and the domino effect that can occur when they are disrupted. Nearly every industry has recently experienced supply chain challenges of their own, but the biggest concern are key infrastructure industries like oil and gas, energy and transportation. Many of the mission-critical parts required to keep these industries in operation are only created by a few suppliers.

Using metal additive manufacturing, companies can create distributed supply chains where the parts they need can be produced across any number of locations, closer to where the parts are utilized. Engineers simply need access to a printer, powder and a design file, and they can produce a variety of mission-critical parts anywhere in the world. This session will look at some of the advancements the additive manufacturing industry has made in the past several years and how they’ve enabled the possibility of creating distributed supply chains for companies around the world. It will include a case study featuring a notable company in the oil and gas industry that shows how they achieved repeatable, distributed manufacturing across four different facilities using metal additive manufacturing. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Incorporate distributed supply chain concepts within their own manufacturing processes.
  • Understand how distributed supply chains and additive manufacturing are being utilized by a major company in the oil and gas industry.
  • Define the key elements that matter when it comes to measuring supply chain efficiency.