3D printing in quality assurance for complex supply chains.

by Miryam Muller in


Interesting insights on 3D printing, and how it revolutionizes quality assurance in the automotive industry, where a chain of suppliers produce little widgets that go in bigger widgets that go in cars. If one of those suppliers starts making stuff that's bigger or smaller than advertised, the whole system goes blooie. Previously, machined aluminum relief-molds were used to check parts (at great expense); now custom 3D printed objects are used to verify parts as they move though the manufacturing process.

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