rolled out a similar service in May in the United States. The
company owns an undisclosed stake in Fast Radius, which has a 3D
printing factory at the Atlanta-based package delivery company's
hub in Louisville.
In the United States, UPS customers can have parts printed at
the Fast Radius factory or at one of 60 UPS Stores equipped with
3D printers and then shipped to them.
UPS also plans a 3D printing hub in Europe. The company sees 3D
printing as a potential threat to its warehousing business where
it stores parts for manufacturers, so its strategy is to embrace
the new technology and incorporate it into its business model
Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing works by
laying down successive levels of material, mostly plastics at
this point, to create an object.
(Reporting By Nick Carey; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)
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