3D Printing (3DP): A humanitarian logistic game changer
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This conceptual paper discusses the benefits and challenges of using 3DP to support the logistic response to natural disasters/complex emergencies and in development activities. It concludes that 3DP has multiple advantages including speed (in comparison with conventional re-supply timelines) and the ability to use a single raw material from which multiple items can be created and/or customised to meet the particular operational circumstances. The paper recommends further research to provide a robust cost/benefit analysis and the undertaking of a field trial both to confirm the perceived benefits and to highlight alternative, as yet unforeseen, advantages and challenges.
12th ANZAM Operations, Supply Chain and Services Management Symposium
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