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Topic: Distributed Manufacturing

5 keys to success in a Distributed Manufacturing model

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Yesterday’s version of manufacturing is predominantly based on identifying cheap ways to produce parts overseas. A local manufacturer spends months and years developing a trustworthy relationship with a production partner on a different continent because their nation utilizes cheap labor to produce parts. In turn, these parts are shipped around the world, inevitably adding to the cost of doing business, and eventually arrive at their final destination. The Widget company depends on a singular or limited number of suppliers and becomes reliant on warehouses filled with spare parts in case of an emergency. Not to mention the logistical nightmares that come with the traditional manufacturing network are painful and costly. Simply put, the global supply chain is cumbersome and outdated.

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