Supply chain expert weighs in 3D printing’s role in resilience

Additive manufacturing (AM) experts have understood for at least a decade that the technology could prove vital for digital inventories and the production of spare parts. However, it wasn’t until COVID-19 hit that 3D printing’s use as a form of supply chain insurance became its biggest selling point.

There is one professional who has thought of AM as a supply chain opportunity since she founded a leading service bureau in 2013. Michelle Meyer established Morf3D as a means of providing high-value supply chain support for the aerospace and defense industries. The model became so successful that not only were several other AM service bureaus established in the same timeframe, but Morf3D was acquired by Nikon in 2021. We spoke to Meyer to learn more about her journey and early understanding of AM’s role in supply chains.

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