3D Printers and Transport

Wouter P.C. Boon, Bert van Wee

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3D printing (3DP) is an emerging technology associated with a more tailor-made, distributed way of manufacturing which, if successful, is bound to have repercussions on transport, supply chains, and logistics. This contribution delves into what 3DP is, how it will influence consumer wants and needs, location choices and transport resistance, and how it might impact society in terms of safety, accessibility and the environment. Based on these insights, the repercussions for the transport and logistics sector are discussed, as well as the nature and survival of firms in the value chain of many industries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Transportation
EditorsRoger Vickerman
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-0-08-102672-4
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • 3D printing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Agile production
  • Consumer needs
  • Goods transport
  • Location choice
  • Logistics
  • Mass customization
  • On-demand production
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Supply chains
  • Transport


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