For mining companies, often operating in the most remote and hostile environments and requiring a broad array of inputs, three dimensional printing (3DP) provides an opportunity to streamline and optimize in-bound supply chains.
But there are many practical challenges. How far has the 3DP technology advanced and are the ubiquitous predictions ever likely to be fulfilled in such a complex, challenging and safety-critical environment?
This article explains the 3DP concept and its evolution, followed by a discussion of the opportunity of 3DP—as it advances—and practical considerations for mining companies and their supply chains.
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