While 3D printing technology can bring tremendous benefits to manufacturers, it also comes with a myriad of legal risks. From the sharing of CAD files to potential liabilities for products manufactured by third party printers, there are many legal issues that have yet to be resolved in the courts.
3D printing is helping manufacturers get a leg up on their competition, as evidenced by several groundbreaking projects by firms such as GE making the world’s largest commercial jet using 3D printed parts, and automotive manufacturer Local Motors collaborating with Siemens to make the first 3D-printed car.
New global digital business models are a source of acute tax uncertainty today. Simple tax questions—where did this transaction take place? Where was this software developed? Can have complicated answers in an interconnected world.
3D can help manufacturers across all industries get to market faster, improve their products through quicker testing, and eliminate long deliveries by printing parts on site. Here, we show several ways 3D is advancing across multiple industries, to help spark ideas about what 3D can do for your business.
The dawn of additive manufacturing is here and it is no longer being used simply for prototyping. Companies such as Boeing are using it for full production runs. 3D is resulting in both supply chain compression and product innovation. To prepare for this disruptive technology, learn what is likely to happen in the future and what you can and should be doing about it today.
So far this year, Local Motors and its eye-popping 3D “printed” car have dazzled President Obama and Vice President Biden, sparked questions at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and captured journalists’ imagination at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Now the question is: How quickly will the company’s planned new paradigm for customized manufacturing influence not only auto building but all sorts of other fabrication?
Remember when it was cool to make a 3D printed keychain? Well, those days are gone. 3D manufacturing has achieved a major shift in its lifecycle: it is now scalable.This means that companies large and small are going beyond simple prototyping and are now using 3D for complete production runs.
A survey of 300+ CEOs conducted in early May shows declining confidence in business conditions, even as economy reopens in many parts of the country and around the world. But there could be a silver lining.