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July 8, 2014 AT 9:57 am

“If It Prints, It Ships: 3D Printing and the Postal Service” @USPS #3d

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“If It Prints, It Ships: 3D Printing and the Postal Service” via 3Dprint.com

The Postal Service could benefit tremendously by the rise of 3D printing. This is primarily due to two factors: the Postal Service’s ubiquitous first- and last-mile delivery network and its strength in handling lightweight goods. The Office of Inspector General asked Christensen Associates — a renowned economic consulting firm with extensive knowledge of Postal Service operations — to assess how 3D printing could affect the Postal Service. By analyzing commercial package data, Christensen Associates estimated that 3D printing could raise the Postal Service’s annual package revenue by $485 million as businesses ship increasing numbers of 3D printed goods to consumers.

Read more (PDF).


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