Additive manufacturing (AM), often known as 3D printing, is a disruptive invention that will have a significant influence on global supply chains and procedures. Manufacturers are confronted with increasing scrutiny as to the transparency of their goods purchasing and manufacturing procedures, as well as global supply chain interruptions that limit their capacity to deliver products to fulfill the worldwide demand of their customers. In such tough situations, digital technologies such as additive manufacturing and the Internet of things can play a significant role.
Disruptions to supply chains continue to afflict global economies, particularly the industrial sector. During the COVID-19 shutdown, supply chain issues became apparent due to a "perfect storm" of circumstances, including swings in demand, labor shortages, and structural constraints. Consumers in the United States have felt the effects of inflation and increased costs, decreased quantities of available items, and longer wait times while making purchases.
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