HOW USEFUL IS 3D PRINTING FOR PORTS?

3D printing is an emerging business model that could transform the ports and terminals sector, a technology company has said.

As 3D printing becomes an increasingly viable reality for businesses, ports and terminals can use this technology to “reimagine their business models wholesale”, explained INFORM.

“After all, if cargo can be printed at the destination, this will significantly reduce the need for the plethora of long and environmentally damaging voyages containerships take on a daily basis,” said Matthew Wittemeier, marketing manager, and Karsten Schumacher, senior consultant at INFORM’s logistics division.

“Such a model offers a much faster way to deliver goods, a far more environmentally friendly option than traditional shipping, customized production opportunities, and much lower transport costs,” they added.

There are still challenges to overcome with 3D printing though.

“3D printing is still very expensive and would require extensive usage of raw materials,” said Mr Wittemeier and Mr Schumacher.

“Incidentally, this would likely see the bulk trade boom and the container trade wane,” they added.

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