3D Printers and Transport

W.P.C. Boon, G.P. 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
ISBN (Electronic)9780081026724
ISBN (Print)9780081026717
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project https://www.openaccess.nl/en/you-share-we-take-care Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • 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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