If you set up enough Google News alerts and RSS feeds, you can fill your inbox with incredible stories about additive manufacturing and 3-D printing pretty much every day. Late last year, for example, Dutch printing company MX3D turned to a pair of robotic arms to 3-D print a bridge over an Amsterdam canal. Earlier this year, the United Arab Emirates National Innovation Committee announced plans to 3-D print a Dubai office building. And just last month, stem cell research leader Celprogen revealed a 3-D-printed heart populated with human cardiac cells.

Bridges and buildings and human hearts snag headlines, of course, but how will the technology affect manufacturing in the quarters and years ahead? Stronger parts? Shorter cycles? Overhauled supply chains?

Jabil Circuit is starting to find out that the answer to all those questions is yes.

 

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