Daniel Remba is the Small Business Technology Leader at The UPS Store, Inc. which is a wholly owned subsidiary of UPS, the world’s largest distribution network for personal package delivery. This integrated network also means the United Parcel Service is the top provider in supply chain management solutions. The company views 3D printing as part of the next frontier for logistics and I am excited to share some insights into how 3D printing is used and strategized at The UPS Store.
With the need for customized parts and fast delivery, The UPS Store is positioned perfectly to provide service in the burgeoning mass customization industry. By providing a high quality full production to logistics platform for customers, the company finds more ways to help out people with gettings things done.
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You Will Learn:
- The 3D printing program which has launched in select 61 UPS stores across the country. They are typically viewed as customer resource centers and as another tool a person may use.
- The strategy behind how The UPS Store is growing in certain markets starting with demand from actual customers.
- An overview of how 3D printing works within the UPS stores and the methods behind them.
- Materials science and the types of materials available within the 3D printers at the stores.
- The ability to create and ship out an item within one process solving problems while saving time and money at the same time.
- What the future of 3D printing looks like within UPS stores.
- The training necessary to create well designed 3D prints and how they may obtain more knowledge.
- Potential of 4D Printing to create self assembling products and packages.
- The possibility of being a platform for producing replacement parts on demand.
- For those who don’t have a 3D design already created they can go into the UPS stores and work with the partners to get their designs made.
- Shortening the production process for various systems and processes by providing 3D printing for small businesses. Parts manufacturers especially benefit with production automation technology.
- Behind what a 3D print would cost today and the story behind the Mouth Mount which was a creation prototyped with a 3D printer in a UPS store.
- The importance of testing, experimentation, measurement and prototyping for making good products.
- A short discussion on the possibility of automated mass production to customer delivery with 3D printing and Amazon.
Enjoy the show!
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