UPS teams with SAP to invest in 3-D printing

Someday, the dusty back shelves of America’s warehouses could be replaced by UPS and SAP-enabled 3-D printing.

The companies on Wednesday said their goal is to transform the now ad hoc realm of industrial 3-D printing into a seamless, on-demand manufacturing process, from order to manufacturing and delivery.

“We don’t think this is going to take over manufacturing anytime soon. But we do think it’s going to be a disruptor much in the same way that online retail has disrupted retailing,” said Hans Thalbauer, senior vice president for extended supply chain at SAP.

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