IBM recently published a white paper called The New Software-Defined Supply Chain. We had a chance to participate in this work. They paper discusses how 3D printing (additive manufacturing), advanced robotics, and open source hardware may have a dramatic impact on the supply chain.
The paper argues that…”despite the press coverage that technologies like 3D printing receive, manufacturing leaders remain ill-prepared for their impact.”
The paper is worth a read. Below is a 1-minute video discussing some of our role in the research.