China faces real threat to its busi­ness model

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - 3D TECHNOLOGY -

Writ­ing in his Daily Reck­on­ing blogsite at www.dai­lyreck­on­, in­vest­ment an­a­lyst Kris Sayce says 3D print­ing is likely to pose a risk to China’s dom­i­nance as a man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­tre and to ma­jor house­hold re­tail­ers such as Bun­nings.

“The truth is that no one on Earth fully un­der­stands the po­ten­tial for 3D print­ing. No one knows the the­o­ret­i­cal or ac­tual lim­i­ta­tions for this game-chang­ing tech­nol­ogy ei­ther,” writes Sayce.

“Sim­ply put, if 3D print­ing takes off as we ex­pect, it could chal­lenge the way many firms do busi­ness. Three-D print­ing has the po­ten­tial to de­stroy China’s po­si­tion as a global man­u­fac­tur­ing pow­er­house.”

He says the risk to China is that firms any­where in the world can start print­ing the parts they need.

“No longer would you have to wait days or weeks for a part to be de­liv­ered; a lo­cal 3D print­ing store could print the item for you straight away.”

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