Perspective: The Role of 3D Printing in Service Parts

Perspective: The Role of 3D Printing in Service Parts

This IDC Manufacturing Insights Perspective offers a glimpse at the growing application of 3D printing technologies for the service and spare parts supply chain in manufacturing. It delves further into one of our predictions from IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Manufacturing Product and Service Innovation 2016 Predictions (IDC #259809, November 2015): By 2017, manufacturers will use 3D printing to support the spare parts/service parts supply chain for 30% of retired/end-of-life products and 50% of low-volume parts. Our analysis includes results from IDC's 2015 Product and Service Innovation Survey on 3D printing adoption and additive manufacturing and offers a summary of some of the greatest areas for potential this innovation accelerator presents in the manufacturing after-sales service life cycle.

In This Perspective
3D/Additive Printing Adoption Is Still Early
The Potential for 3D Printing in the Service Life Cycle
Some Early 3D Printing Use Cases
Final Thoughts
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